I think what we generally agreed that if we wanted to sell books we should stay true to our own voices, but at the same time not be writing just for ourselves. We should know our audience. Spookily enough this is kind of what the article says. Only they say it much more specifically.
The author of it talks about Peggy, about writing for someone called Peggy. This is a single person that you are writing for, a made up person who is your *target* reader.
The full article is here.
When I read it I had to admit that a lot of it rung true. I have someone I write for. I don't have a name for this reader in my head. But she is a woman who wants to read to lose herself from real life and EDJs. She is in her thirties (why that age I don't know, because let's face it, I am closer to 50 than 30!). My target reader has a lot of the same beliefs as I do, equality, love for family and a wish to read about happy ever afters...
Writers, do you have a *target person* you write for? Or do you write for yourself? Do you specifically look to sell books, or lay down stories in your head however unfathomable they may be to anyone else?
Readers, how closely do you fit my reader? Thinking about your favourite writers, what is it about them that makes you smile when you read their books? Or come to think of it cry!
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Incidentally... Sue has an awesome new book out that I just want to mention... I read it in one sitting and a review will follow... The book is the fourth in the Lyon Road Vets series and is my favourite of them all.