I’ve heard that writers need to find a niche and then directly address a niche-specific audience. But in order to do so, the writer must first figure out who that audience is.
Each of us, of course, hopes our work will enjoy universal appeal, when more than likely it will attract one segment of the population over others.
With this in mind, one of my creative writing teachers gave us the following assignment:
- Create a character who is your ideal reader, the one you imagine pulling your book from a shelf and thumbing through the pages you have written.
- Give the character a name; give us a picture of your reader and write a brief scene that shows him/her interacting with something you have written.
- 350 words
Here was my response:
My Ideal Reader
First, I imagine my ideal reader as female (though I hope to attract male readers as well). After all, I write about a woman’s struggle for psychological freedom and her yearning to discover a path based on meaning and purpose rather than income and security.
- Is optimistic about the future.
- Walks his/her talk.
- His/her sense of the sacred includes personal growth and service to others.
As an author, how would you describe your ideal reader?
Or, if you’re a reader, how would you describe yourself and your preferred author?
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