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December 14, 2010


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It's true that to write for an ideal reader is somewhat debilitating, because it's like instantly editing your ideas with the perception of your reader's potential reaction.

But at the same time, to write with no reader in mind could be akin to not writing to be read, which is nobel as an artistic pursuit, but somewhat limiting as an artistic expression, if you hope to be a professional write in some sense or another.

I think the best thing to do is to write as honestly as you can, not only about yourself, but also in regards to the experience of your readers. If there is honesty in your intentions, then that is something that is universal and can overcome the individualities of different readers.

It's probably better to think less about your readers when writing, and more so when editing, when you're trying to clarify your original expressions into a form that is comprehensible.

Terrific post.

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