Sometimes Erica Orloff brings out the best in me.
She has a blog where she asks writers to consider various aspects of writing.
A few days ago, she asked about audience. Who do you have in mind as you are putting the words on the page? And I wrote something I didn't really understand until I wrote it. I wrote:
When I start thinking of an outside audience, I get false and hammy. With the Roy Rogers books, I think the only audience I had in mind is buried in a little cemetery with waist-high grass. If the graves are marked at all, they are only marked with numbers.
I can't tell you how much the people I grew up with meant to me. They were mental patients. The ones I knew were special. They are still heroes to me. If my Roy Rogers books don't reflect that, then I've failed.
Enough said, I suppose. For whom do you write?
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