Always at the forefront of an author’s mind – the reader
Any time I’ve committed myself to something, I’ve always wanted to do it well. In ballet, I practiced every day to get better. And I did. In my accounting profession, I worked and learned and did well. In writing, I took classes and practiced and practiced. I joined a poetry group because I read it will make me a better writer. And it did! And what’s even better – I developed an appreciation for poetry that I didn’t have before. It’s fun to explore new things.
Another benefit of the study of writing is becoming enmeshed with words. Picking the right word to convey your thoughts is fun. I’m a big fan of the Thesaurus.
One of the reasons a Thesaurus is important is because you don’t want to bore your reader by using the same word too many times. I want my reader want to devour the pages, not to glance at a watch. I want to perform at a high level for them.
I want to create images readers can see in their mind and characters readers can visualize. I want the reader to be right on the page, right there in the story.
And for me there is always the idea of planting a seed here or there that might inspire someone. Years ago, I saw a clip of a Clint Eastwood interview and he said, “You never know who you might inspire”. That thought stuck with me. Come to think of it, Mr. Eastwood inspired me just by his answer in an interview! Now that’s some serious talent!
Words, thoughts, and mental images are all great. But the number one goal is to entertain my reader. I want my reader to enjoy the time they spend reading my work. I want my reader to be transported to another world and I want them to enjoy the trip.
The best way to receive joy is to give it away. If I bring you joy while you read my book, I will receive it back times one hundred. Any accountant would tell you that’s one darned good return on investment.
Have a great day!