What Does Reader Sarah Want?

Reader Interview: What Does Reader Sarah Want? (With a tip of the hat to the Inside the Actor’s Studio) First Name: Sarah Gender: F Age Range: 21-40 Occupation: peer tutor at the JCCC Writing Center What occupation (other than yours) would you like to try? Fiction and poetry writer What sound or noise do you love? Purring cat What sound or noise do you hate? Insistent meowing of cat wanting to go outside What is your favorite word? Bizarre Fiction or Nonfiction? Fiction Genre? Speculative fiction, but paranormal urban fantasy is a particular favorite. Ebook, audio book, or physical book? Physical book unless I can’t get it that way. What makes you choose a book to read? Author? Cover? Blurb? It has to look and sound entertaining. Being an author I’ve already read helps, but if the concept is intriguing that’ll do. Recommendation(s)? Laurell K Hamilton, Kim Harrison, Writing the Other by Nisi Shawl, Fast Girl by Suzy Favor Hamilton, Impossible Things by Connie Willis, Troublemaker by Leah Remini. What makes you put down a book? Boredom or slogging through a book like it’s a chore. What are you reading now? Just finished Dancing and Wounded by Laurell K. Hamilton, […]

What Does Reader Rob Want?

  Reader Questionnaire: What Does Reader Rob Want? (With a tip of the hat to the Inside the Actor’s Studio)   First Name:  Rob Gender:  Male Age Range:61+ Occupation:  Retired (very tiring) What occupation (other than yours) would you like to try? Never gave anything but writing a thought, past the age of say 7 What sound or noise do you love? Many-many.  Rain after drought.  The onset of a thunderstorm in hot summer weather.  The laughter of children. What sound or noise do you hate? Whining, especially of children, but even of cats What is your favorite word? Too many to list, I love words.  Easier to list least favorite, but I can’t think what would be worst. Fiction or Nonfiction? That I read?  Both. Genre? Usually SF/fantasy in fiction, sometimes a mystery; history, bio, autobio, and recent events in nonfiction Ebook, audio book, or physical book? I still prefer a physical book, partly because my Kindle’s index is messed up.  It only lists half a dozen books, though if I remember title or author I can pull up the others.  But who can remember them all?  Also, the physical book will still be readable, whereas magnetic memories are very frail. What makes you choose a book […]

What Readers Want

Time and time again you’re told to identify your reader, to write what readers want to read. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could look into a crystal ball and find the perfect reader for your book?  Have you tried to research what the reader wants? An internet search will give you more than 29 million results! Are that that many things readers want? Yes and no. The things readers want are greater than the number of readers. So what’s a writer to do? Learn the basics. 1. We are born storytellers. Our sense, or need for, story is inborn. Need proof? How about 40,000+ year old cave paintings? How about the questions we ask? How was your day? Did you see the whopper I caught? Did you hear the whopper I told? 2. Learn about the psychology of story. 3. Learn what a story is. Tell your best story. 1. Understand that your job as a writer is to tell a story about a character who wants something desperately and to make her struggle to achieve that goal.  If there is no struggle, no obstacles, no opposition, there is no story. 2. Learn how to craft a story, There is tons […]