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Counterpoint on audience

As is typical of just about anything, some Georgetown authors disagree about audience.  Although a fair number would nod at the suggestion in yesterday’s post that a sophisticated understanding and appreciation of audience is one key to writing an essential book, there’s at least one dissenting view.  A case can be made (and has been made) for writing to please yourself, with no concern for either audience or critics.  Some highly successful authors do this, without caring how they are perceived, or received.  The result?  When it works well, this can yield smart, honest, memorable writing.  Now that I’ve heard this other viewpoint, I’m torn.  My nurture-nature wants to think about audience, but this different approach seems to have much wisdom in it as well.

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