Who Is Your Ideal Reader?

When you sit down to write, who are you imagining will read your words?

Then Stephen King Says It

I have to admit that I’ve never known much about Stephen King.

“You can’t let the whole world into your story, but you can let in the ones that matter the most. And you should. Call that one person you write for Ideal Reader.”

— Stephen King

For King, that one person he writes for happens to be his wife, Tabitha.

“I think that every novelist has a single ideal reader; that at various points during the composition of a story, the writer is thinking, ‘I wonder what he/she will think when he/she reads this part?’” - Stephen King

And with that, it finally clicked.

My Ideal Reader Emerges

Who I write for suddenly became so apparent.

The One I’m Writing For

When King explained the role his wife plays in his life, and especially in his writing, who I’m writing for was made obvious.

If I write for him, and if he’s motivated or inspired in some way by my words, then I’ll know I’m reaching the right people.

John Steinbeck says to “Write it as a letter aimed at one person. This removes the vague terror of addressing the large and faceless audience and it also, you will find, will give a sense of freedom and a lack of self-consciousness.”

Writer & dreamer with a passion for personal growth, travel and self-discovery. I write about my journey through life and its many adventures and lessons.

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