“Audience” by Karen Fainges

The Shayton Chronicles Book 3: The Children of Tamal by Karen Fainges (Fantasy: Vampire)Writing for your audience is one of the first lessons taught in Writing school. You should adapt your words, style, grammar and presentation to suit the audience you are writing for. Sometimes that is easier said than done.

I find it quite difficult to separate myself from my characters long enough to look at them with fresh eyes. If I was a new reader who had never met Lisa or Talkar before, what would I want to know about them? How about their world, it is so different from ours, should I spend ages describing it or will that just bore the audience to tears. Do you write for the average reading level or delight the delicate palate of the connoisseur?

Personally, I love it when the author leaves a lot to my imagination, sketching in broad strokes and leaving the colours to me. I also know that many find that annoying. So do I keep to my style or try for the bigger market?

I think it is compromise. You need to keep your own voice. You also need to adjust your voice to suit the circumstances. I speak differently before a class than I do before a Board meeting but it is still me in both cases. So my writing should adapt too. At least I think so, what do you think?


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