Posts Tagged ‘readers’
Affirmations-366Days#338: I love the challenge of crafting powerful prose that emotionally moves readers.
For new readers, here’s why I’m committing to writing affirmations, about the creative process, during the next 366 days.
Affirmations-366Days#292: I create an author website that reflects my interests and creative commitments. Readers find my work with ease.
Affirmations-366Days#137: I nurture my community of readers that enjoy my work. I communicate with them in ways that express my authenticity & passion for writing.
Affirmations-366Days#88: I revise with ease. Thoughtful revision is the quickest way to get closer to my reader.
Affirmations-366Days#25: Every time I sit down to write, I imagine an ideal reader waiting for my words.
It was relatively late in my writing career that I learned about the notion of an ‘ideal reader’. An ideal reader is someone who really gets your aesthetic sensibility. I enjoy imagining my ideal reader leaning forward, nodding along and enjoying my prose. The ideal reader is also the person that you’re hoping will feel transformed by your work. Taking the time to imagine the characteristics that might make up your ideal reader is fun. Would they need to have read a lot of Faulkner or Toni Cade Bambara to get some of your more elusive references? Would growing up in West Virginia be important? Do they need to like puns? Do they need to have an uncle who gardened? Do they love epic adventure stories?
Who is your ideal reader?
Affirmations-366Days#10: I rededicate myself to remembering that as a writer, I am here to seduce and delight the reader.
For new readers, here’s why I’m committing to writing affirmations during the next 366 days.