Who is your audience? is a question every writer faces in the midst of creative work. For me, the question has kind of morphed into For whom am I writing this? In other words (for me), Whom do I most want to please with this work?
It’s different answers for different things. For example, with Lights All Around, my first novel, the answer was
2) Other obsessive-compulsives.
3) My writing community.
With my second novel, Truest, I have found the answer to be
3) John Green.
I hadn’t really thought through this much until the other day at work when I was talking to some coworkers about how desperately I wanted John Green to like the story I was writing. Am I crazy? Maybe.
How about you, writing friends? What does your list look like? Does it change from project to project?