Who Do You Write For?

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

Who do you write for? We often talk about knowing your audience as a writer and targeting that audience. I have a favorite quote that focuses it even better:

“If you write for God you will reach many men and bring them joy.

If you write for men—you may make some money and you may give someone a little joy and you may make a noise in the world, for a little while.

If you write for yourself you can read what you yourself have written and after ten minutes you will be so disgusted you will wish that you were dead.”

–Thomas Merton, Seeds of Faith

The truth is you need a lot of writing for God with a good dose of writing for your own readers.

It’s not an easy thing to do. I see many a manuscript written to impress a professor or a mentor. Others are carefully written to be acceptable to a critical family. I see children’s manuscripts written to the child the author used to be in the fifties or sixties.

So I have two questions for you. Who do you most often write for? How does one find their true audience. (Of course we don’t need to go into finding God– our true audience, but how do we determine our earthly audience?)

Grammar Rant

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

I almost never address the issue of grammar because, sure as shooting’, I’ll make a handful of mistakes right here in front of you. But irregardless I’m feeling cranky so I’m going to list seven of my …

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Quality, Not Quantity

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

Lately we’ve heard a number of literary agents citing the number of sales they’ve made, comparing those numbers to other agents. Don’t you think it’s time to dig a little deeper?

Let me state from the outset …

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