It’s funny, the amount of times I’ve listened to myself saying something along the lines of; ‘I just write for myself really.’ Or; ‘I write because I have to.’ If these rather cliched statements are close to the truth, then I have to ask myself why I want my work to be read at all, and why I’m trying so bloody hard to make it a reality.
So what is it that makes me pursue an audience and is there any truth in those statements mentioned above. I think that there probably is truth in them, quite a lot of truth in fact, and I also think it’s those very sentiments that lead onto the desire for an audience.
When I first started thinking of this question, three things jumped out at me as possible answers; the first was satisfaction. To get someone to read your work, and like it, (that’s the key thing here), is just a good feeling. It is human to want praise, to have done something that someone else takes enjoyment from and relates to. It helps bond you to others, I suppose, if you can share something and find common ground in it. Secondly; reassurance. Just the simple fact of knowing that what you are writing is okay can be a driving force. I know there are people who write and never share their work, but I think that they must be oppressing the desire to. and perhaps the third one is just the dream; the hope that maybe, just maybe, the story will get picked up and will make you millions. So it’s money. And in this case money = time. And time = more writing.
But perhaps it’s none of those; perhaps it is just that once you give something life it is natural to want to set it free, and that as you’ve spent so many hours on it, it would be a waste to just keep it locked up in the dark. Surely, the fact that so much time has been spent on it means that it was always created with the intention of seeking an audience, otherwise, why create it?
So yes, I write because I feel the need to; I enjoy it. It makes me happy. But I’d also like to get some of it out there, too. I want it to live outside of my bedroom, outside of my head and in someone else’s. I’d like the validation that comes with that sharing of stories.
But I have to ask myself; if I knew for certain that my work was never going to be read by anyone else, would I still write?
I’m not so sure of the answer on that one.
That’s all for now.
- How Hard is it to Just Write? (livefreebefree.wordpress.com)
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- Writing for an audience (sandycabral03.wordpress.com)
- Public Audience Reflection Blog Post (capejustin.wordpress.com)
- Writing for an Audience (pnitardy.wordpress.com)
- The Writer’s Audience is Always Fiction: Ong (howepblog0617.wordpress.com)
- Audience Jitters (lcmusco.wordpress.com)
- A few skills on writing (ericjrnevins.wordpress.com)