Daily Writing Tip 5 of 100, 7.Write to please just one person

For one hundred days, I’m going to post a writing tip each day. I have a whole bookshelf full of writing books and I want to do some reading and increased studying of this valuable resource. This will help me keep track of anything I’ve learned, and help motivate me to keep going. If anyone has a favorite tip of their own to add, contact me. I’d love to put it up here.

Today’s tip – Write to please just one person

Source – Bagombo Snuff Box, 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.

I find that it does help to have a specific person in mind as I write a story. I find myself thinking “Oh, they will like that” or “This… they will not expect.” The more real and immediate the chosen person is the better. I picture them curled up in an easy chair and smiling at the book. I feel having an individual, specific reader gives a motivation to the writing and distracts the Inner Editor – that troublemaking old bastard.

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