First, I’d like to tell you that I took my advice from my last blog post and shared a short story I’ve been working on with several readers, including the writer’s circle.  *Pats self on the back*

While I’m excited that I am putting my work out there, I am not entirely sure about my readers and how they will receive what I’ve written.  I certainly believe there is an audience for my writing out there, but the writer’s circle I belong to very well may not be it.  I use bad language.  It has more romantic themes and less of a literary “slice of life” style.  It’s certainly a slice of life, but is it one that my readers I’m sharing with now will relate to?  I’m not so sure.

One of the people I’ve consistently shared my writing with, because like myself she is a reader and tinkers with the idea of writing, is my mom.  Can I just tell you it’s a little odd submitting for her perusal a story that mentions some less than delicate subjects?  Awkward. 

But this is the story that I needed to tell right now – as our writer’s circle leader often says – and so I went ahead and put it out there.  I suppose that in keeping with the idea of going confidently toward the hope of one day being published, I have to know that not everyone is going to like what I say or how I say it.  And I need to be ok with that.  Though perhaps if I ever publish my romance genre novels, I may just have to warn my dear old mom which chapters to skip right over. 

Certainly my writer’s group will have those who probably just shake their head or are ready to flee in the opposite direction from anything I submit in the future, but I do have to learn to be true to my own voice. 

I do look forward to having people who will enjoy my work as much as I have enjoyed writing it, and to someday, hopefully, have an audience of my own. 

Tom Hiddleston has said that an actor is not an actor without an audience, and certainly I am feeling that an author cannot fully be an author without having an audience. 

Who will my audience be? 



6 thoughts on “Audience

  1. If we are only one kind of audience and we cannot take into consideration any other ideas, thoughts, ways of thinking, or reading in this case, then we limit ourselves. I have read many genres and love some and not as into others. I think you should not worry about ‘bad language’ or whether the group will be upset by that or not. It is YOUR story, not theirs. If they are offended by that sort of thing then they can stop reading. As for criticism, remember not to take it too much to heart if you hear something negative. It’s supposed to be constructive, to help you become a better writer. And in the end, you do not have to listen to it. It is your story, your unique view. Be brave. Plus, I’ll be there backing you up.

  2. If your writer’s circle can’t get past the content and focus on the writing, you should probably find some new readers! It may be that you get the most constructive commentary out of folks who aren’t used to your genre – because they will be looking for the writing itself to engross them.

    1. I suppose I have done my group a bit of a disservice here by not giving them enough credit. Many in the group are very thoughtful and I am certain they will focus on the writing, as you say. Thanks for your comment. It’s a great point!

  3. Everyone who is a “regular” in our writers group are very open minded about content that has strong language, violence, or sexual content. I certainly am not offended by anything that anyone could write, so you have no worries there. Don’t worry about what other people will think about what you are writing. You will only do yourself and your craft a disservice by trying to cater to the tastes of others. You can’t please everyone, there will always be people who do not like your writing, and that’s okay. I feel even that if you’re not upsetting a few people, then you’re doing it wrong. Whatever you write will draw an audience. I read what you submitted and it has excellent dialogue and is a wonderful look into the interpersonal relationship of a couple who are very much in love. Keep up the good work and write what YOU like, and there will be others who like it too.

    1. Thanks, Larry. What prompted this post was actually that I think I am the first one who has had to put any kind of language or content disclaimer on a submission. 😉

      Thanks for taking the time to read both my story and my blog. I do value your opinion a great deal and hope you will always be willing to read my stuff.

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