Saturday, September 18, 2010

Rule #1: Know Your Audience

I’m in this for the long haul. I expect my words to stand; I expect I'll have to stand by my words.

Now as a writer -

I am not responsible for the reader’s reaction to my work. Any writer who writes for an audience or writes to elicit a specific reaction has lost his sense of proportion. I can’t imagine the hubris of the man who thinks he can judge the bias or the background of each reader and write to avoid that bias or coddle that background.

If I post a piece and a reader decides he knows my motivation and my intention, well, what if he’s wrong? As a writer, should I edit my words to fit someone’s ideals or should I edit my words so he’ll pitch a fit?

I don’t do either.

Do I owe a dialogue when I’ve already chosen the medium of monologue?


Writers owe readers nothing. Just because a reader feels a sense of entitlement does not mean he can title the writer’s work or is entitled occupancy in a writer’s mind.

I promise you - as soon as you allow readers the right to decide how you write - your writing will have no worth.

Rule #1: No your audience. Just say no. Write right.