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    Do You Think about Your Readers?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Cacian, Dec 28, 2011.

    when you write a story?
    In other words

    Do you have a reader im mind?
    or
    Do you just write in the HOPE of being read?

    or
    would you say that it is important to understand andknow yoru reader in order to be a better writer?
    feedback of any type is better then none and your reader IS your feedback.
     
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    I've been here longer than you. You can't stop me.
    Please keep all future threads to yourself.

    And yeah, sometimes I think about readers. Mostly I think about writing it. Readers will come one day, but they're not important right now.
     
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    Never. When I write the only person's interests I keep in mind are my own.

    There are a few people who are interested in almost everything I produce but I still don't try to please them. I've been told that my plots are "exciting" and "unpredictable" and I put this down to writing simply what I want to see happening rather than going with what "the reader's" most favourable outcome might be.
     
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    you say you have been told that your plots are exciting/unpredictable .
    This is a feedback.
    Without a reader you would not have any.
    Are you really sure that you do not care nor take interest in your reader?
     
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    Not when I'm writing, no. This feedback obviously comes after the story is written.
     
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    i write my stories for me and if they please other people then i will make money if not then i will have produced something that i can enjoy time and again and that is my only aim if i ever being pandering to the reader then it would come over as unrealistic and contrived and take away from interlectual reader enjoyment leading to failure so in the long run it is just not worth it
     
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    hiya need to write..how have you been?:)
    Of course you would write it for you first but it would be nice if you could share it with others because their feedback is essantially what would motivate you in the lon term.
    Inspirations and the will to write must comes from all sort of sources and the reader is one of them.
    When I write I have an image/ an idea of who might be reading my stories.
    It is a bit like saying birds of the same feather flock together??
    Meaning you are careful with who you chose to be friends with and who you wish to just know but keep a distance from because they are not your type of people.
    So I apply the same idea with my readers.
    I write because I like it and because I also know that there are poeple like me(my readers) who would enjoy my stories.
    One is not without the other.
     
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    no, i don't think about potential readers when i write... and i don't write 'in the hope' of being read, but with the assumption it will be...
     
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    The only readers I'm concerned with while writing are my betas, and they're offering very specific feedback. By the time anyone else reads it, it's too late to change anything, and my next story most likely will be going off in a completely different direction. All I know is some readers will like it, some won't, and there's not much I can do to change that.
     
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    Not really. I write what I want to because chances are there'll be other people who enjoy what I've written too.
     
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    All the time. I always try to remember to pace my story while still giving it amazing detail. But not sometimes, some things you just got to take a shot at, win or lose.
     
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    I don't think about who will read it during the first draft, that's just for me and I can write all the crap I want. If I bother finishing the first draft, I firgure the idea must be good or at least have potential, or else I wouldn't have bothered. When I start editing I keep readers in mind, but really only in general terms, such as what age group will this story suit best. So if I write something I think might suit a younger audience better I will remove everything that is too graphic and things that might go over their heads.
     
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    I write the story mainly for me, but I do sometimes think about what someone else would think of it. Especially when I start wondering about the possibility of publishing it in the future.
     
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    I write until I like what I've written. If I like it, then I figure that someone else might like it too. But I don't concern myself with the "someone elses" while I'm writing.
     
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    If you want to be published then you HAVE to think about the reader. They are why you're writing.
     
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    Well LOL.

    I am amazed at people's lack of savvy about the publishing world. It's like you guys just decided to write one day and have made no effort in understanding the craft of writing or how the publishing world works. And I'm stunned people think they might one day be published with the god awful spelling and grammar on this site. A typo or occassional oversight is one thing, but, come on guys, get real.
     
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    The hardest question for me is how will the reader respond to certain themes when the plot is in a darker influence. Im extremely curious to see what they would see.
     
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    Readers aren't why I'm writing. I'm writing because that's what I've wanted to do since I was a kid. My aunt tells me that when I was 5, I'd sit at the dinner table reading the dictionary. I've always been into words, and I've only become better at writing with time.
    Frankly, fuck the readers. Being published would be great, but if you're only writing because you want to be published, then you're pretty much a hack. I'd love to make my money from writing, but I'm content for it to be a hobby.
     
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    Ive always loved writing so being paid to do it would be nice to have, but that's not why i write. I write for the enjoyment, not for the money.
     
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    Well, I act out writer's interviews like the ones I've heard on CBC, with me being the writer. Helps to organize my thoughts. But I don't really have a clear idea of my readers - someone like me, I guess. I mostly write the kinds of stories I'd like to read but can't find.
     
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    well I could answer that in this way
    I once read a piece/an introduction about this character who wakes up somewhere different.
    It desribed the stargeness of the place and went to say that women were like supermodels and guys were hideous.
    I felt let down because as a female reader I would have prefered it the guys were also attractive and not as they were described.
    So this is the various issues I am tryign to bring up about this thread.
    The importance of the reader.
    And to answer your post I don't read dark stuff because I do not understand or cannot figure out the concept in myhead.
     
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    what is CBC?
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    what kind of stories can't you find?
     
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    Well me personally I think EVERY writer should think about their readers, if they plan to be published. The reader is what will make the book successful. So when i'm writing I have my story movie playing in my head, but at the same time I am imagining the readers expressions and feelings.
     
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    cbc is the canadian version of 'the beeb' [bbc]...
     
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    So you weren't the intended reader. Maybe the story was written to appeal to superficial insecure men? Or lesbians? Or gay men who loathe supermodel women and are attracted to hideous men?
     

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