As I’ve mentioned before, I’m addicted to listening to the Stephanie Plum adventures in my car. At the end of one of the audiobooks, an interview with Janet Evanovich is included.
In it, she says that she considers herself more an "entertainer" than a "writer."
At first, I wrote that off as one of those things one says because it sounds good and you’re being interviewed. But as it worked in my subconscious, I started looking at writers and their various styles.
Online, you often see writers, particularly in flash fiction contests, being clever. They’re writing to other writers, creating a fictional inside joke. That would be a writer writing for other writers.
In novels, some writers, like Janet Evanovich, write to entertain. God bless her. She’s given me a lot of laughs since DH has been gone. And when we’re together, we share a lot of laughs while listening to her audiobooks.
Then there’s writers who write to inspire, writers who write to provoke, to motivate, to persuade, to promote understanding, to arouse, to show love, and a multitude of other reasons.
It strikes me that if we want to entertain, we can’t write the prose that will impress other writers. Janet Evanovich would not be nearly as big as she is if she wrote with beautiful prose.
I always start my stories with the reader in mind. I want to imagine, at least, what they’re like and where they’re coming from. And then I ask myself, what kind of experience do I want them to have? How can I provide that experience?
So what about you? What experience are aiming to give your readers with your current WIP? What feelings do you want them to feel?
PS: I go to the dentist on Monday. Got it under control, though, by rinsing with salt every hour, taking mineral and calcium supplements, and a little bit of colloidal silver. (I can even eat!) I’m sorry I haven’t been too interactive lately; I have to do the last bits of that project I was working on a few weeks ago, which means I do most of my blog-reading in bathtub or my bed on my palm pilot. (Yep, I’m addicted to you guys.) But that means commenting is nearly impossible, unfortunately.