I am throwing the rule book out the window and forgetting my audience.
When I begin to develop a story, I often get stopped in my tracks by the thought whether what I’m developing is too much for the audience, whether I’m limiting my audience by my choice of what I include in the story, especially regarding adult content.
We are quite often told to write with our audience in mind, thinking about what the audience expects and wants to read. If you start out thinking that your story is clearly a picture book, then obviously it is important to keep in mind you are writing for very young children. At the same time if you are specifically wanting to write a story for adults, then once again the question is answered. However, what if your story begins without consideration of your audience. What if you have an idea and it grows without considering your audience?
Another piece of advice we quite often hear is “Write for yourself” or “Write what you want to read”, which is certainly great advice to keep you writing and motivated. This is the advice I often choose to follow above all other advice, simply because I cannot find a way to fit my ideas into boxes such as young adult or paranormal romance. I could just write for myself and then in the editing phase begin to think about who is the audience, apart from myself of course. I just end up worrying about having to kill my darlings, specifically my character’s journey or censor it, taking out a lot of the aspects that I find make my story so real and reflective of real life.
Is there a conclusion to be made from this? I don’t think so. Once again I feel that I am throwing the rule book out of the window and forgetting my audience. Who knows if this is the right choice for me. I will let you know, if I have any insights into this conundrum, or perhaps you will enlighten me? But for now, I shall just write for myself, with absolutely no regard for what is right and what is inappropriate for my readers.