Public Perception & Writing

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A writer’s audience is his reader…

With NaNoWriMo inching ever closer I’ve mentioned to a few friends that

I’m going to participate this year.


is the common response.

I remember I felt that way too when I first learned of the event.

If the average person is unfamiliar with the idea of


(National Novel Writing Month)

and the average person just happens to be our reading audience

and their only perception of such a feat is confusion or

mild curiosity at best

then who is the real audience for NaNoWriMo?

I’d say fellow writers.

The more I learn about what I’m going to participate in

and the less the general public actually knows about it

I realize that my perception of this


was initially wrong.

It’s not about prestige, telling the world you ‘won’ or adding another writing credential to your list…

It’s about personal goals



My perceived audience has gone from my general readership

to my fellow writers

for it is really only someone who has been through the trenches

of writing a manuscript of any significant length

who can truly understand why I

(and hundreds of thousands of other writers world wide)

are participating in this



What is your perception of NaNoWriMo?

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2 replies

  1. I remember first hearing it from a buddy of mine years ago and I had that exact respond haha! I wish you all the best πŸ˜‰

    Your pal,
    David Long


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