Friday, July 3, 2015

Frequently Asked Questions from Interviewers (Part 9 of 22)

How important is it for authors to think of every kind of personality of their readers as they write? Has that helped make you successful as a writer?

My best friend says he'll never be a writer, "Because I always think that some won't understand or they'll disagree."

It's a trap to try to figure out the personality of your readers. Most of us know the age group or the type of people for whom we write. To attempt to be "all things to all people" is paralyzing.

I know writers who think that way. They're so careful to be orthodox, culturally correct, and not offend anyone, and their writing doesn't come from deep within. This is especially true of Christian authors. They don't have to prove their faith; they have to show their faith by opening themselves. When they're honest, even people who don't agree can accept them.

As I keep saying in this blog, I write from my heart and throw it out into the world. Not everyone likes my writing or agrees with my worldview. And I get criticized sometimes.

Here's one of my maxims:

I'd rather be disliked for who I am
than to be admired for who I'm not.

1 comment:

  1. Cec, this post is brilliant. As I work on my current manuscript, I sometimes think about who wouldn't like it. Thanks for the encouragement that those people are not who I'm writing for. I'm writing for those who not only like it, but are seeking the encouragement within its pages. It's the book I wish I'd had for most of my life as I struggled to forgive myself. I like what you said about being disliked for who you are, instead of admired for who you're not. That rings home. Here I am, readers. This is who I truly am.

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