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You can’t guess what your audience wants. Write to please. Please yourself.

You can't guess what the audience wants.

Before you read what I write today, go find a mirror. Stand in front of the mirror and took at yourself.  After you look at yourself come back and sit down.

Please listen to me.

I want to read the stories of the person you just saw in the mirror.  I want to know what you think and how you feel. I want to read your stories. I want to see your paintings. I want to hear your voice.

Write the story you want to say. Paint the painting you want to  see. Sing the song you want to hear. Create you, even if someone says, “That’s stupid. You are not very good. I don’t like it.”

Write to please. Please yourself. If you try to be someone else, you will forget what you were doing. If you write like yourself, you never have to worry what you just said.

Two weeks ago I had a writing deadline. By midnight on Friday, May 3rd, I  submitted three essay’s to be considered for Andy Traub’s, The Early to Rise Experience for Mom’s.

I really want one of my essay’s to be in his book. Fifty-one woman submitted up to three essays. If Andy chooses something I wrote, I want it to be something that sounds like me.

If Andy doesn’t pick one of my stories I will survive. Maybe he wanted a blond story and my mine was more of a brunette story. Or maybe the other mom’s story fit better with the theme of his book.

It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.
― André Gide, Autumn Leaves

Don’t worry about trying to please your audience. Please yourself.

Do you try to guess what your audience wants?

P.S. I don’t know if I my writing will be included in The Early To Rise Experience for Mom’s. However, I do know the book will be worth reading. You can sign up here to get a free copy of the book when it comes out.

About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

You are an artist. Yes, you are. Really.

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  • margaret simon

    I have never been very good at writing any other way.

  • I did what you said Pamela, I didn’t like what I saw. So I wrote about it, and what do you know! I am glad I looked

    • Christa, I am looking forward to reading your story. Will you please come back here and post a link to it.

  • Mrs. Hodges.
    I did what you said. I went and looked in the mirror. I look like a cat. Wait, I am a cat.
    I will write what I want to say. I just have to get my typist to type for me.

  • It sure is hard to submit articles that I know may very well be rejected for whatever reason. But I’ll do like you say and write for my audience of one and maybe just maybe others will like it too. 🙂 You have been writing some great posts, Pamela! If your articles aren’t chosen you should put them in a book of your own. I want to read them.

    • Anastacia, you have the gift of encouragement. Thank you. And your writing is real and honest. I always enjoy reading your stories.

  • Well done Pamela. Well done.