Who do you write for? At first glance, that may seem like a
silly question—or even a question that doesn’t need answering at all. But it’s
one worth not just thinking about, but focusing on every single day. Chances
are your first-blush answer to the question will agree with the spot-on declaration left by Mariam Kobras
(author of The Distant Shore) on
her Facebook page a few weeks ago:
I write because I love writing, and because there are stories in my head I want to tell. And that, my friends, are the ONLY reasons.
|Too often authors worry about how others will judge their writing.|
The ugly truth about whom we’re writing for
Giving readers the gift of ourselves
…write without looking over [your] shoulder. Write it as if no one is going to read it. That’s what frees you. If you can stop thinking about critics, and your editor, and whether your book’s going to make it into the Times, and how long it is going to be on the list, I mean, that can totally free you up.
How to beat the monster of self-consciousness
Tell me your opinion: Do you worry about how others will judge your writing?
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Story by K.M. Weiland