IWSG Day- Who Do You Write For?


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I interrupt this blogging break, again, to say Happy IWSG Day!

It’s the first Wednesday of a new month and can you believe we’re halfway through the year already?! Anyways, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group is back again and going strong. Not once faltering, despite the roadblocks we can’t control. As we continue trekking on our writing journeys. Encouraging each other and sharing our woes. And who do we have to thank for this creative support community? The ninja extraordinaire Alex Cavanaugh!

To find out more about the group and/or maybe even sign-up, click on the badge above.  And don’t forget to check out the co-hosts for June:  Murees Dupe, Alexia Chamberlynn, Chemist Ken, and Heather Gardner!

Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

So, what’s going on with me this month? 

Well, I’m still on my blogging break. And recently celebrated my three year blogiversary last week. I even posted part 1 of chapter 1 of The Soul Traveler on Wattpad and have gotten two comments already. 😀

Now it’s almost summer and it’s starting to actually feel like it. And my focus is now on my WIPs The Soul Traveler and Dreaming of You and the contests I want to submit them to. Which also raised a question that I’d like to hear more of what you think about.

If you don’t know already, I’m a huge Asian drama fan. I particularly love Korean dramas the most. Despite my love for them, I do have a bone to pick with them sometimes. Their shows only last one season anywhere from two to six months and or more. And have a live-shoot system. Which means that episodes are written, sometimes rewritten, shot and edited days before it airs. All the way up to the final episode. The problem with this system is that the powers that be pander too much to their audience. Basically, they will make script/plot changes based on the audience reactions. So if there’s a public outcry over a couple. And if they wished that a girl/guy was paired with someone else …won’t be too hard to guess what happens next. And at most times, what started as an interesting and tightly scripted plot becomes a convoluted mess.

They’re not the only ones that do this either. I’m sure it’s done in US shows too for example One Tree Hill. Although slightly different as they were pandering towards the actors. Because didn’t the characters of Lucas and Brooke become a couple because the actors were dating in real life? But then Lucas became a couple with Peyton because they’d broken up in real life too?

Anyways, getting back to the question. Right or wrong, do you write for your audience to give them what they want? To gain and generate their interest and fanfare? Or do you agree with JK Rowling when she said, “In truth, I never consider consider the audience for whom I’m writing. I just write what I want to write.” And write for yourself? Or is it that you have a fictional targeted person you created that you write for?

Who do you write for?


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PS As a long time reader, I know what makes a reader interested in picking and reading a book boils down to three factors. The title, the synopsis and the cover. And I’m in need of a cover for the WIPs I have posted on Wattpad. So if you’re on Wattpad and have experience doing covers. Or know someone who’s efficient and great at making covers, please let me know. 

on a blogging break



23 thoughts on “IWSG Day- Who Do You Write For?

  1. That sounds super frustrating, having the audience dictate the story! I would probably get angry with something like that. I write for myself mostly, but I try to remember that someone out there will read it (hopefully) so I need to be mindful of that.

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    • Especially as a viewer. In my opinion, it just makes the story easier to predict if you give me something I want and can expect. More than half of the pleasure from a story is in how it surprises you. But, it’s true that a reader’s preference dictates what they want to read. And what’ll turn them off to not finish a story. There’s no harm in being mindful as long as it’s not overdone. It’s why I love this quote by Hayao Miyazaki, “In order to grow your audience, you must betray their expectations.”


    • Yes, me too. But it begs the question, should a writer follow the trend? Or write whatever we want, publishing industry be damned if it’s too experimental? Either way, we must continue to walk that tightrope to write something we’re happy with and true to ourselves. At the same time an agent/editor want to buy.


  2. I’ve seen a few Korean dramas, and I noticed the tendency you mention. I always wondered what was going on with that.

    I think you have to have a strong, general story plan when you start a project, and I think you should stick to that general plan all the way through. But specific details can be subject to change as you go, and maybe it’s worth thinking about what your audience wants for that. Just so long as you don’t lose the main thrust of your story.


    • Yes and they’re not the only ones. Chinese and other dramas do that too. I like to follow Koala’s Playground, an Asian drama/media blogger. And she would rant and rave whenever a drama (especially one she love) goes off track and a storyline(s) is ruined because of pandering to their audience. And or to avoid social/cultural taboos. But I agree with you about keeping a strong foundation of the story. Details will be changed overtime. It’s inevitable but as long the heart of the story is kept alive you can remain true to the story.

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  3. Constantly changing the script like that would drive me nuts.
    With my books, I write the story that I would want to read. That’s what’s important to me, and that’s why I started writing my stories down in the first place — to create books that I would enjoy reading. If others like them too, that’s icing on the cake, as they say. I believe you have to be true to yourself and write your story the way you see it. Enjoy your break!

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    • Too true Lori. It’s like what Toni Morrison said, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” And if there are others who enjoy it, like you said, it’s icing on the cake.

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    • Sounds tricky trying to balance what’ll satisfy both you and the audience. I’m reminded of the quote by Robert Frost, “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” And yes, in the end, the execution to do it matters.

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    • Yes, I agree with you Alexia. If I’m writing specifically for certain fans than I’ll end up not staying true to the story or the characters. I can’t guarantee everyone’s happiness but in the end I can write a satisfying, doozy story others can appreciate (hopefully).


  4. I think, in truth, you have to pursue writing that ultimately works for you. Writing for herself has worked for JK Rowling … to an extent. Harry Potter was greatly popular. But, Casual Vacancy … not so much. 🙂
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal – Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    • Yes, that is important to remember. It’s best to do what works for you. And as for JK Rowling, although I wanted Hermione and Harry to be together, I’m glad she ignored fans like me and paired her with Ron.


  5. I don’t have enough readers in order to pander to them. 🙂

    After I finish my series, I might look at writing something specifically for readers. Until I get there though, I’ll just work on finishing the series that I want.

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    • On the same boat as you Loni. Going to concentrate on writing what I want to write. Afterwords, with more works under our belts, will write slightly towards the audience. But give them what they need instead of what they want. Good luck to us both!


  6. I’ll join the insecure writers lol. Sounds like fun!
    You can find Wattpad covers designers in the Multimedia Forum. There are designers who like doing them to boost their profile and get practice. My current cover was designed this way and it’s working better than the pre-made cover I had first.
    See if you can get your story featured. While you will earn $0 this way what you can do is draw some of your supporters to your novel and you should be able to sell at least a few.

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    • Thanks for the tip Sam. I’ve made cover requests for 3 of my stories and already had a cover design for my romance WIP. Unfortunately, I can’t use it because my couple are African-American. Had to go back and edit my cover request so there’ll be no more confusion. Sigh, and I liked the cover that was made too.

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