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Writing for an Audience or Yourself?


Whether or not you like “A Rebel in the Rye” (The link is the trailer.), it raises some interesting questions about writing. The young writer-to be J.D. Salinger is asked would he keep on writing if not even one person read his lifetime of work? After a lifetime of encountering war, fame, spirituality, and love, he concludes that the answer is yes.

Writing Goals 

There are many reasons to take to the physical or digital pen. Varied factors could include exorcising personal demons, sharing experiences about someone we find interesting or own life journey, desire to frolic in a playground of pure experimentation,a simple need to express ourselves, passing on a philosophy, and a thousand other reasons. Or it could be a combination of motivations.

The movie talks about taking the time to understand what truly our motivations are. Otherwise we may awake up years later angry and confused asking “why and I spending all this time just doing writing?”  Being honest on why we write is key for inner satisfaction and meeting our own definition of ‘success’.

For me, writing allows me to provide different perspectives about people from our past like Deborah Franklin.

Or it could be talking about unique situations such as found in In Small Doses series.   It is a type of problem-solving or exploration just like a scientist might do. Or it can be just trying to capture a simple feeling such as a city at night.

You can do this for multiple genres. Or create up your own genre combinations such as was done in the Corporate Intent Series.

Writing for an Audience

With the rise of the Internet, most works can generate some number of downloads. So the question of not having something read is less of an issue today.

In a world that is increasingly digital and our private activities being monitored, it is getting harder to have “private-only writings.” But going “old-tech” (typewriters and notebooks) and a good security system could help stem the tide.

I think many writers would say, even if no one ever read their works, they would still be driven to write. And would not stop. But there are others that need a real or imagined audience as a motivator.

Sometimes we write neither for ourselves or an audience. Simply just to get something out of our head. Shrouded Witness was one such case. It was my first attempt at a non-sequential sociological science fiction. But by doing that, I am ready to write a future book exploring some of the same themes in a much different manner.


i hope that this raised more questions in you than it ‘solved’. Take the time to seek out the answers for your own personal life journey including writing. And please  keep on writing, no matter if read by others or not.


Five Things Dig the Kid Taught Me about Writing


(Thanks to Pixabay for the Photo)

From time to time, music from different countries and artists finds their way to me and resonate. Some weeks back, I was listening to a recorded concert with various musical groups. Then I heard three songs in from this one gig, and stopped everything saying  “WHO” Is this band?

They call themselves an alternative pop rock trio Dig the Kid.

I started listening to their interviews and found that I was doing some of the same things with my writing/authorship. Here are a few of the items that they mentioned

Five Factors For Authors and Lyricists

1. Each work is a project. Dig the Kid takes the time to explore the inner workings of a song rather than rushing it out the door. When I went to a craft approach, I did the same thing with each book and use wikidpad to organize my ‘project.’

Taking care and setting no time limit to get things right will lead to more fulfilling results. I have projects planned out for three years but coming from a perspective of abundance rather than scarcity, they will be each published when their time is right. Keep your scheduling loose to have plenty of time for explorations.  A few good songs/storied is more rewarding than a hundred rushed ones.

2. No two songs are alike. As I mentioned in writing about multiple genres, experimenting across multiple genres is more rewarding. Dig the Kid call themselves an alternative pop rock trio but are focused on the music rather than spending too much time labeling how to classify it. Authors should do the same way with their work. A good book or song is its own classification and creation. Repeating the same thing over again may build you a name but in the long term is a restrictive creatively. So that is something I consciously avoid,

3. Songs/Stories should have good stories about their subjects and should suck out all of the marrow of life as Arthur Rimbaud said. With songs like Bones and Still Breathing, Dig the Kid writes about surviving as a band and a human being. But they also write about being in love and the consequences of causing bad breakups. As well as much more. The stories about their songs are so vivid and interesting. They go far beyond their personal experienced to say something meaningful about human existence.

4, An important focus on finding and pleasing your audience. It took time for Dig the Kid to find an audience in Oakland and their adopted home in Los Angeles since they were not playing what was expected. But quality over time will shine forth and willing ears and eyes will find their way to a talented author or musical group.

5. Have fun with the process and keep it simple . This band is just a group of friends playing together for an audience that they adore. It is all about the music and the performance. Their performances are intimate, energetic, and dynamic. Give them a listen and see what I mean.

There is a lot more that I want to say about the writing process in the coming weeks. Please keep watching this space!