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While we writers write in isolation—session after session, alone in our writing rooms, when we show up at our computer screen and produce text, usually for most of us, this writing has an intended reading audience in mind, a group of people we want—and often need—to communicate with.

Writing memoir almost always implies a reading audience.

Whether we are writing for our children and grandchildren or for a whole class of unknown people out in the world, most of us have someone—a type of reading audience—in mind. Ultimately writing is a communication between a writer and readers.

If we think about it even a little bit, we will realize this audience is not likely to be the whole world. Instead it will be an appreciative group that is waiting for our memoir—even if its members do not yet know it.

Writing for a reading audience implies a dialog.

That we are writing for a reading audience implies that we are engaged in a dialog. Sometimes that dialog comes as a letter or an enote from a reader. Other times, it is expressed in a review on an online bookseller’s site.

All dialogs can be enhanced though attention to both the content and to the delivery. These can be learned with the mastery of literary techniques, discussions of which are ever present on this blog.

Learning how to write more engagingly to your reading audience can only benefit your ability to communicate.

In conclusion

These blog posts are one source of learning the craft of becoming a better writer by addressing your reading audience more effectively.

[To see a video that offers you four easy-to-implement tips to help your story to appeal to a broader public, click here.]

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