Before you even begin writing that fantastic novel or memoir, do you know who’s reading your books? Your audience may change depending on the genre and ‘voice’ you write in. Will your next book be exactly the same as your last with a few character changes or will you be mixing things up a bit? Will this book be more serious or more humorous? How you answer those questions could give you an idea who your reader is.
Many of us who are authors will be starting to think about our next novel in the coming weeks because — NaNoWriMo is coming!
So what do you think to getting some of the background prep out of the way ahead of time so we don’t get all kerfuffled on November 1st? I know, some of you are pantsers, but if you do any organizing of thoughts at all before November, bear with me here.
Who will you write for? Choose one person you can keep in mind when writing your novel so you can envision writing for them. This can be someone you know personally, a celebrity or a character you’ve created. As you write, picture them reading your story and how they would react. Does your story fit well with your intended audience? Jot down a few things about them. The list may seem trivial, but seriously, you’ll be surprised how many times I’ve got halfway through writing something and had to go back and add something in because I hadn’t thought about my character’s dog’s name!
Type of housing
Place to read
Time of day
What do they do for fun?
What do they like to talk about?
Who do they go to for advice?
Why do they read?
Where are they likely to buy books?
What’s their idea of a perfect day?
Do they have a dog and what’s his/her name?
EXAMPLE OF a READER PROFILE
Female in her late 20s or early 30s, living in an apartment on the outskirts of a city with a friend; likes watching chick-flicks, drinking coffee in the park, blogs about her boring job and how she wants to escape her current situation, loves to window-shop for the latest fashions and create dream boards on Pinterest, spends her weekends with her friends going on day trips and sampling new wines and visits family.
Now you have a good basic knowledge of the person who’s reading your book.
If you like to scribble in a spiral notebook, you’ll be able to follow along with the next few blog posts where we’ll look at Character Development, World Building, Mapping, Scene Setting, Story Arc and a lot more novelling stuff.
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Happy Writing ~ Lynne