The tagline for 2/16/20 is from Kurt Vonnegut: “Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.” We’ve often discussed the notion of “target” (or “intended” for those sensitive to nuances in ‘target’) audience.
Stephen King advocates the notion of an “ideal reader.” Many of the writers who’ve been quoted in the tagline above push in a Rick Nelson sort of direction (“Can’t please everyone so you’ve got to please yourself.”)
I suspect some of us have modified our thoughts on the topic over the course of however long we’ve been sharing our writing with others for feedback.
So… what’s your take on the notion of “target audience” (not to be confused with “genre”) vs. “ideal reader” vs. “please myself only,” and how has that take changed as you’ve committed more writing?
How much has feedback driven that change (if any)?