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Hello everyone!

Throughout this week we will be discussing a variety of elements in prose writing and this topic is something which isn't just relevant to prose writers, but can be applied to all forms. 

 

Imagine your piece of work is laid out on a stage for people to read. In the seats are the people who you want to read it- who are they? Can you see their faces, imagine their lives? Why have they been drawn to come see your work and read your story? What did you to to keep that audience sat down and interested in your work? Did you think about them when you wrote?

An audience is anyone who could potentially read your work. In writing, we talk about "target audience" and how understanding that audience can help shape the way you write. That intended audience could be specified by age, interests, personalities, cultural background, religion- anything! Of course you may gain readers outside of that target group, but considering your audience will involve your reader in the writing process.

 


But my audience is everyone! :stare:


Considering your reader can help with the decision making process of your writing. You're more likely to choose words based on that person's potential vocabulary, you may define your characters to act in a way your target audience could react to and connect to. You can challenge your reader, push them and have fun with them all through your writing. 

If you don't have that audience in mind, your work may miss that element of connection and generalise your writing and might in the long run alienate your reader. The more real you make your reader, the more likely your success.

Some tips on considering audience in your writing:


  • When you ASSUME you make an "ASS of U and Me". Don't make assumptions that your audience knows what you know, even if they are your peers. Do a bit of research into that target audience and find out more about them.
  • Hook them from the start. We don't need a twelve page description of a vast and wide city that holds many dark alleyways and secrets governed by a tyrant who hates kids. 
  • Will this subject interest them? Be honest and consider your demographic- are 30 year old career women going to read about a boy who likes football stars? Be realistic about your aims.
  • Put yourself in the reader's position. Try putting yourself into the mind of your reader and pretend you have no prior knowledge to your story. Is it clear? Are you feeling connected and engaged to the story?
  • Don't forget about tone! If the story is for five year olds, don't write with a dark tones- consider your language choices, your pace, and voice.
  • Ask yourself regularly "Who am I writing this for?" and keep re-iterating the point


A Game!


 

Below I am going to give you some audiences! You have to give me in return a one sentence plot of a story or poem about what you could write for them. Ie. 

:bulletorange: "A group of middle class equestrian enthusiasts who read "horse riders weekly"" 
Answer: A poem about the grand national from the grand stand perspective


1. Boys who hate their parents and are happiest spending all night on call of duty.
2. Commuters who spend 30 mins on the train early morning and late evening.
3.  Teenage girls who are into Science and engineering.
4.  A retired lady who goes on several coach trips a year.
5.  A hungover college student
6.  A Chinese  immigrant to the UK
7. Youths in juvenile detention facilities
8. Openly Gay and lesbian Party animals
9. People who list their religion as "Jedi" on the census
10. Four year old about to start school.
11.  Parents of children with terminal illnesses
12. Middle Aged Shark Enthusiasts
13. Young women who love everything fake (nails, hair, bags etc)
14.  Chocoholics
15. A new dad-to-be

Feel free to add one on the end for others to play with your suggestion too!


So in conclusion; Audience is a big element to your writing. Keep your demographic in mind and think how that could shape and change the way you approach your work. 


 








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Mightymog Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've tried to come up/find some examples of my plot line just for a comparison.

1) Online players that manage to find then explore a bug which reveals the players future. simple-ish writing not too complicated.

2) A story about a commuter who gets on the wrong train and is given the chance to live someone else's life. Short chapters make it easy for short reading bursts.

3) An adventure, sci-fi, romance for teens about a girl who meets a boy who is either from the future, another reality, another civilization or another planet. A little like the "chaos walking" series

4) Story of two middle age people who keep coincidentally meeting on their holidays. Gives details on their holiday surroundings and cultures.

6) An illegal immigrant running from the law for being wrongly suspected and manages to find an apartment with a kind roommate...

7) young offenders given the opportunity to make a new life but working for a secret division in the FBI. A bit like "Storm breaker"

9) Friends travelling to a convention and somehow come across never before found manuscripts for their favorite film series. (probably star wars) involves comedy but with witty film references. A tiny bit like "Paul"

10) simply written story about a little girl and a talking teddy bear that stops her fear of going to school.

11) Story about a little girl who adopts an imaginary friend which makes the parents concerned. written from parents point of view.

12) Undersea facility focused on the monitoring of sharks that discover a mutation in a specific species and try to track down why. A little like "Deep Blue Sea"

13) A story about two sisters who open their own beauticians and fall in love with the same boy.

14) I'm thinking the plot to "chocolat" a romance about a woman who's opened a chocolate shop, maybe has body issues.

15) A story about a man who's marriage is splitting up and both think they know what's best for the child.
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Lytrigian Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
1. A story about a boy who gets transported into the world of the video game he's playing, where he levels up and defeats the final boss just in time to be transported back, only to find the real world has suffered an alien invasion and he is now the only one prepared to fight it.

2. A short, inspirational "real-life" article about a person who made a difference in their community.

3. A space opera featuring a young, hotshot female fighter pilot.

4. Traveler's tale about visiting the old cities of the Silk Road.

5. A dirty limerick, set in large type so as to be easy to read through bleary eyes.

6. I wouldn't purport to understand this audience well enough to aim a story at them.

7. Outdoor, real-world adventure. Maybe a Western.

8. Song lyrics that fit a danceable tune. Subject doesn't even matter, but the more suggestive the better.

9. Character-driven Star Wars fanfic. Plot hardly matters.

10. Couldn't do better than Dr. Seuss here, I think.

11. A poem, with the theme that the ephemeral is the most valuable treasure.

12. Jaws, basically.

13. A cautionary tale about identity loss.

14. The Story of Chocolate: From Grove to Godiva

15. A poem of fatherly advice and wisdom.
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MarcoEmma Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much for this!! :hug: I will do the one I thought of the fastest:

1. Boys who hate their parents and are happiest spending all night on call of duty.

If they picked up a book in the first place, it would probably be about a boy who gets sucked into a video game while he is hiding from his angry parents and must fight for his life.

How did I do? :)
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alphabetsoup314 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here were the things I could actually think of something for:

3.  Teenage girls who are into Science and engineering.
I would write an article about really cool phenomena and tech, or stories about real women in STEM careers(Science, Tech, Engineering, Mathematics), both present and past. If I had to write fiction, I would make sure the things that the heroes do are grounded in real science. 

Somewhat off topic, but the key in getting youth interested in STEM careers, especially girls, is to make it relevant to their lives and the things they see and experience. Sure, you can be excited about the topic and all that, but who freaking cares about geological formations when there are so many other, often 'cooler', things they can tune into, like that new boy band, or the latest fashions? I remember hearing a story from a lady who works with volunteers that go out to schools to do science demos that are relevant to the curriculum: 

A couple of the volunteers went to a junior high class and they were doing a mock DNA test. Two girls walk in late, and they looked like the type of girls who couldn't care less about genetics - fake nails, makeup, the latest teen fashions. They asked, "Why should we care?" And the volunteer said, "You ever watch Maury, where they try to find out if this guy's the baby's father? You want to know how they do it?" And without another words, the two girls got in there with everyone else with their pipettes and test tubes. 
4.  A retired lady who goes on several coach trips a year.
Traveller stories detailing cool places to visit, that might be away from the usual tourist destinations. 
5.  A hungover college student
A note that says "You left your stuff at my place." :XD:
6.  A Chinese immigrant to the UK
A story about adjusting to life in a new country, while struggling to maintain a connection to your culture. I would avoid using overly archaic or obscure words. 
7. Youths in juvenile detention facilities
A Story about a kid, just like them, who got into some trouble, just like them, who got out of that life, and into something better. 
9. People who list their religion as "Jedi" on the census
"The Jedi Mind Trick: A practical guide to psychology for non force sensitives" (What? I thought it was funny.) 
10. Four year old about to start school.
They may feel anxious, so I might write a simple story about a kid discovering that it's fun to learn new things and meet new friends. They may not be able to read, but their parents can. 
11.  Parents of children with terminal illnesses
I would write a story about coping with illness and, not necessarily about staying strong, but about being there for the child. 
12. Middle Aged Shark Enthusiasts
A story about researchers who study sharks for a living, spending a lot of time on the ocean chasing and tagging sharks. 
13. Young women who love everything fake (nails, hair, bags etc)
All the beauty magazines ever. 
14.  Chocoholics
A poem describing the rich, sultry feel of a dark chocolate that just coats your tongue in goodness. 
15. A new dad-to-be
A poem about what it means to be a dad
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winterwolf71 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I will work on this!
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Beccalicious Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014   Writer
Come back if you have any thoughts you'd like to share! :D
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winterwolf71 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I will. I am working on my word smithing :) and this looks like a good leason
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KyteGlory Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
1. A Rambo spinoff with an homoerotic twist at the end just to fuck with 'em.
2. Something plainly written with natural breaks at about twenty minutes of reading.
3. An adventure in which science and engineering is the (preferably female) protagonist's main tool. 
4.  A series of related but independent murder mysteries.  Or maybe that's just my mum.
5.  Incredibly simple instructions for microwave pizza.
6.  Historical fiction about a Zulu warrior, pre-colonisation.
7. Good role models who aren't lameasses.
8. Porn with Plot, but not too much Plot, and a little bit of fisting.
9. Something campy and so chocked full of nerd references that even the target audience only understands half of it.
10. Nothing.  They can't read.  Draw them a fucking picture.
11.  A vaguely pleasant, fanciful story with absolutely no kids or terminal illnesses.
12. Marine biologist's submarine crashes hundreds of miles offshore and he must journey to safety with only his phlebotinum-powered "being in deep water for long periods of time without drowning or being crushed" suit to protect him.
13. Obligatory Twilight bashing response.
14.  Gay erotica.
15. An instruction manual.
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Beccalicious Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014   Writer
This is a little more like it- especially things like number 2 :)
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Jayoshi36 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
1. nothing. I HATE CoD and typically everyone who adores it.
2. love story (covering any period of time)
3. science fiction (possibly with several additional themes)
4. love story (covering a long period of time)
5. sex story
6. High school story, non risque themes
7. again, nothing. they're better left alone
8. you mean stereotypical furries? I find that offensive, considering I'm actually one! >:( (though it could really be anything, to answer the question)
(or if you mean party people, then it'd probably be a story about drunks)
9. star wars fanfic/ space politics
10. doggy story
11. story about going through hard times and making it through them
12. Jaws story
13. chic-flic story
14. story about losing weight
15. Story about raising children

good grief this did nothing to distract myself from the irl issue I have right now. ;_______________________;

Now, could someone give me advice about how to do this one?

16. someone you're in love with, but she's not aware that you're in love with her
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