My coach, (bless her!)  loaned copies of the Real Estate Diva series to her friend. Now I have two fans.
I mentioned that I was struggling with Trash Out, the fifth book in the series and was thinking of abandoning the whole thing.   “But you have to write it!  We want to hear about the wedding!”  She cried.
And that was all it took.
Apparently I will not only write for food, faint praise, a pat on the head, I will also write to keep just two readers happy.
And I realized that this is how you know you are a real author.
It doesn’t take much to launch a real writer into a book project, a blog, a pamphlet, or just about anything that involves writing.

Alice in Wonderland began as a story to one little girl.
The best poems were sonnets and poetry written to woo just one person.  Frankenstein and Ozymandias were written on a bet.
Does it matter what motivates you?  Does a deadline like NaNoWriMo motivate you?  Does getting your work to the casually interested publisher motivate you?  Do your stories keep you alive night after night?
Consider that your writing may just turn out better if it’s addressed to just one reader.   When you try to write for the whole world, or for the largest possible audience, your work will sound as if it was formed by committee than created by the marvelously quirky individual that you really are.
So go ahead, write for that one rabid fan, your work will be better for it.

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  • Sofia Borgstein
    Posted on January 30, 2012 at 9:37 am

    I really like the image of having a single rabid fan. When I write and think of the people who might read, I instantly go blank, so perhaps thinking of a rabid fan, foaming at the mouth is a better option 🙂

  • Sonia G Medeiros
    Posted on January 30, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    I think the first motivation for me is writing a story I’d love to read. Then I hope to reach at least one other reader. Of course, I’d rather reach a whole bunch of readers but even one fan (who’s not already my friend or family member LOL) is very exciting.

  • catharinebramkamp
    Posted on February 7, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    I like your attitude, that’s what I think as well – just one reader at a time.

  • catharinebramkamp
    Posted on February 7, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    I do have one fan who is foaming at the mouth for the next Real Estate Diva mystery installment, she really helps motivate my efforts!

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