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Should You Write With An Audience in Mind?

While some people decide to write a memoir according to structure—healing memoirs, investigative memoirs, etc—as I wrote in a previous post, others write with an audience in mind. (Writing with structure in mind often calls for writing with an audience in mind, also.) Sometimes the audience is of specific people but many other writers, while they do have a specific audience in mind, are really writing to a group according to their interest.

“I want to write for my kids and grandchildren. I want them to know who I was,” one sort of memoirist will realize. While another will think, “I want to my children and grandchildren to know me, too, and I want to place my life in a greater context. I’m hoping to have readers beyond my kin, readers who are interested in a larger picture of what life was.” [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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2 Responses to Should You Write With An Audience in Mind?

  1. Tigerman May 30, 2014 at 3:46 AM #

    My memoir is based on my working life as an expat in numerous countries. It covers how I obtained my contracts, and a great variety of incidents that occurred during this time. Some were life threatening,dangerous, crazy and some funny. I tend to think of my memoir being of people who like reading adventure books. You don’t know until you turn the page what happens next. Any comments re my memoir would be most welcome.

  2. Denis Ledoux June 1, 2014 at 10:13 AM #

    Dear Tigerman,

    Thanks for sharing. How about sending in an excerpt of your memoir for the blog? That way, a number of people would be able to comment on the selection and you might find the replies useful in shaping your book. And…

    You’ve got me curious to know more.

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