WHO DO YOU WRITE FOR?
SOME A TO Z BIZ
In case you did not notice, I am taking a huge leap/risk in style, content, and formatting with LIQUID TIME. So, who am I writing for? Just for myself? Just for the audience? 50/50?
Most times it is for myself, to see how far I can stretch, hone my skills. How, on later rereads, does it hold up way past the due date of the emotions that pummeled me while writing. I take risks. Not every one of them pans out. Some lead me to different approaches, different research, different observations of life.
On the readers hand(s), I do do my crafting for the reader(s) as well. I look for commentary, what pleases, what doesn’t, the whys behind either stance one takes. Suggestions are taken in the (hopefully) intention’s delivery, as a “have you thought about…?” or “Would you consider…”; a way that I construe as just that: a suggestion from another’s POV.
Suggestions, for me to think about, to possibly add to, delete, or turn things around. They are given to support, encourage, and give the author a different POV lens to consider.
I do not take demands into consideration. Nor the comments that essentially read “If I was the author…” or “You should not…” Well, you aren’t the author, that’s in my hands. As to the “should not…?” Really? Really?
“No” hasn’t a place here in Tale Spinning. My cranky two cents, plus inflation.
LINKS LINKS LINKS
Liquid Time Postings
A to Z Main Link & Blogs to Follow
Blogging from A to Z April Challenge 2021
BREWING COFFEE, TWISTING WORDS & BREAKING PENCILS
I will post more blog links I follow later in the week. Please visit & leave them a comment
Thanks for the shout out for the blog Stu, much appreciated.
I’m always impressed by your creativity, and the stories that follow logically from the direction that you take the prompts.
I’m dabbling with some tweet-a-day stories at the moment, built day by day from #vss365 and #2wordprompt. Some days I’m really happy with them, some days I’m tempted to kill them off. Feedback is one of the things that keeps me plugging away.
David (& Debs): it is always a pleasure getting the chance to “plug” Fiction Can Be Fun. You know I’ve been a fan since that eventful April! 😉
So many “like button” readers…I’m not sure if they realized the importance of commentary/feedback that goes beyond “nice post” or other non-engaging messages. I’m glad, and honored, when someone does take the time to leave a comment.
It’s just not specific. What part/parts did you like/love/hate? Why? The only real way to hone skills is not getting ripped apart (like some critics/teachers seem to love to do). Constructive critique is my bag. Need more accessibility? Cliche much? Total misuse of a word/term? Whatever. Constructive: helping the author grow. I love it when a commentator points out similarities for me to check out, areas that they can connect with, questions about anything. (I do know that birds suddenly appear if I’m going out on a first date or job interview and target my clothes or clean car).
David, could you post links to the two prompt sites you mentioned above? I’d appreciate it.
And, thank you for the kind words. I’m waiting for my beta reader copy!!!!
Thanks for the mention Stu, and interesting thoughts. I do write for myself mostly, but I also want to include readers and make sure they can take something from it. I also find I write differently depending on the format – blog posts can be more idiosyncratic, novels that you are asking people to spend a bit more time with I tend to consider the reader more.
And that makes perfect sense, Iian. Yeah, if we want others to spend money on our work, it should be a tad more accessible.
And you’re welcome for the link. I’ve been my usual slugabug about reading blogs, and def ones I want to read. My plan for Sunday morning is to do just that. Catch up time.
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Oh, hey, look! Thanks Stu!
As for the feedback vs. demands thing: yeah, that’s important. Of course, that is also a skill that has to be learned, how to give constructive feedback. I know I’ve sometimes given my fiction to friends to read, and what I get back is… beautifully well-intentioned.
You are welcome, Mel.
Exactly. All I want is constructive critique/feedback. I never like complete silence or being told what they (universal) think I want to hear.