Write, write, baby
[Before we start, you sweet thing, have you followed 10 new people yet?]
To cleanse our frazzled brains from yesterday, for Day 26 we are taking a step back in time.
What age range are you writing for? Pull up some old files or photo albums (remember them?) and find some old baby pix of yourself at that age. Take a good look.
How cute are you?
What was going on then? Do you remember your mindset? Did you really understand as much as you thought you understood? At that age, what did you want more than anything? What did you need? Place yourself there for a moment.
This picture, this person, will remind you who you’re speaking to in your manuscripts and works-in-progress.
If it’s not too personal, I’d like you to post the pic, and tell followers about this person you are writing to.
For me, I’m writing to this little girl who was grossly unsupervised, the youngest of five kids in five years that got lost in the shuffle growing up being raised by a widowed dad that worked full time and tried (I think). When this little girl discovered Clifford the Big Red Dog after Aunt Carolyn sent her a book for her birthday, things changed. Sure, the main character being a young blonde girl that dressed in bright colors and shared the name Elizabeth helped draw me in because I “got” her.
But those fantastical adventures with a safe, caring guardian sent me to a world where I didn’t have to worry about my clothes being dirty or ill fitting, my shoes being worn out, my hair not being washed. I didn’t think about being hungry or not having money for gymnastics like everyone else. Nope.
With those books in my hand, I got to hang out with my friends Clifford and Mary Elizabeth for as long as I wanted to.
See that girl?
I write for her.
Tell me, and your followers, who you write for.