Who is my Ideal Reader? That is a very good question. January is Ideal Reader month on the Forward Motion Merry-Go-Round blog. Each writer needs to take time and figure this out to see if they are meeting the needs of the reader.
I am lucky to be able to answer this question without a doubt. When I started writing, I wrote about what I knew. I know all about mentally ill pre-teens and teens. I also know a great deal about mental illnesses and how to deal with them. My first character came from past experience as well. I thought it would be awesome if teens could read about characters that are dealing with real life issues. Their issues! Hence, a target audience was born.
Will this work for all of my manuscripts? The answer is, of course, no. Over time things change in your works. The style, subject matter and audience all are looked at in a new light. We, as writers, should remember to adapt and examine our works. Then, and only then, can we know who our Ideal Reader really is.
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