Bent over the bone white pages (or the melancholy light from her computer screen) the writer scribes long into the loveless night. To many of us, writers conjure up visions of solitary figures. But is that really so? After all, isn’t writing at its best a conversation between the writer and the reader? Writing for yourself is called journaling. If you are writing a book, you are writing for a reader.
So who is your reader … really? Not just some blurry sense of a businessperson or a woman as opposed to a man. But a real live flesh and blood reader: one that you can see, feel, and touch. The clearer the picture you have of your reader, the more likely you are to have something to say that will entertain and inform them.
So take a moment and write a description of your ideal reader—everything from age, hobbies, interests, beliefs, education, buying power.
And next time you write—write with them in mind!