Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Three tips on Writing for an Audience



When you have a message to get across to your tribe, whoever that may be, you’ll want to create a customer profile. This should be an in-depth description of who your typical reader is.
  • No matter what you're writing, whether it's LGBT Marine SciFi or Current Events for Conservatives, you need to know your audience. 
  • 1. Know who you're writing to. 
  • There are two specific sets of info you need to get down, psychographic and demographic. 
  • Psychographic lies within lifestyle, attitudes, and general interests. I wouldn't talk about polyamory if I'm writing to a community founded on preserving traditionally family values.
  • Demographic deals with age, gender, class, ethnicity and more. Are your characters relatable? If you're writing a cautionary tale about socialism for a republican manifesto you might not want to identify your protagonist as a Native American, or a woman, or Catholic. Just sayin...

  • 2. Find out where your audience is.
  • When it comes time to reach your audience you need to know where they hangout. Whether you're traditionally published or not, you are in charge of your own self promotion. 
  • What social media are they on? What websites do they hang out on? Are they email or app people? You'll save yourself a lot of wasted time and energy marketing your work if you conduct a little research.

  • 3. Address them directly. Just one sentence lets them know you see them.
  • Make sure you have at least one of these:
  •  All first time exotic dancers should know...
  • or
  • At the rifle and pistol range, we all know why a 9mm is referred to as a people hunting gun...
  • Make sure it's addressed to whoever your audience is.
Remember, your audience is smart. Always write to the smartest people in the room. Don't be afraid to be funny and utilize complex concepts.

If anyone would like to add some pointers, please do in the comments below. Thanks!

Monday, February 1, 2016

The one most important tip to make your writing stand out!

In my graduate cohort we have a visual artist who is a fantastic writer. He paints surreal landscapes with word combinations that describe the indescribable. I asked him what his secret is.

He had one word for it. Contrast.


So much creative writing falls flat due to a simple 'lack there of''. Contrast is so important. Characters going from sad to sadder isn't much of a transition. Let's be honest. Taking a character from ecstatic to miserable is more appealing to the reader.

When you're writing a love story that's all roses and parades its sweetness turns bland as the palate has nothing sour to compare it to. A war story that's all mud, blood, and agony greys out in its hopelessness. 

If you're describing piles of dead bodies decaying into yellow sludge for miles it's hard to make it beautiful, but nothing is impossible. Why not have the decaying viscous yellow matter remind the narrator of the vanilla birthday batter his momma used to whip up for him for his favorite cake? She would even let him lick the yellow cake mix straight out of the bowl on his special day. See what i did just there? I made you feel something.





Check out the annual bloom on my Angel Wing Begonia next to Raider Nation Official (with hayseed attached to possible dead body in trunk).

If the moon is hanging in the sky like a crescent crystal ornament before the knife comes down to stab the observer to death you might be more scared. When you kill something weak, frail, and unlikable nobody cares. Killing something full of hope and beauty will never fail to horrify.

Contrast.

Thank you Spiked Lily. Xoxo

Do you have any special techniques? I love comments! Please share yours below.