Thursday, December 09, 2010
I get you
Have you ever gone to a blog, read the post, and thought, “What on earth are they talking about? I don’t get them at all?”
Hopefully that doesn’t happen here too often. (okay, I know it does but play along.)
I do try hard to write for my readers, to make my posts easy to relate to. I don’t write about zoos or how to build a house because most of you could care less about those topics. You want to read about my latest rejection or a how I dumped all my metaphors or what I really think about my critique partners. (love you ladies!)
So where am I going with this?
I’ve been busy preparing for the workshop I’m presenting in Spokane on March 19th. I’ll be teaching on how to write a selling short story—Chicken Soup style. Yes, you may still sign up and watch me create an aha moment.
My opening point is this: In order to write a good story, you need to know who your reader is. You want him to be able to relate to your story. From the very first sentence.
Have you also ever noticed how you might love a blog for awhile and then drift away from it? The blogger probably changed his focus onto a subject you can’t relate to at all. It happens.
But when you’re choosing to write for a specific market, you need to know who will be reading it and then tailor the work to that reader.
Are you writing relevant posts for your reader?