Are you entertaining the audience?
Entertaining the Audience
There doesn’t always have to be this deep back story for doing something. It can be as simple as wanting to entertain the audience. You want to help people have fun and take them on a magical and inspiring adventure. You’re a wizard of words and want to share your ideas with people in a fun and imaginative way.
Once, I took a college course (I think it was Women’s Studies? I don’t know. Some type of sociology course). We had to rate different careers from most useful to least useful. A majority of the students, myself included, put careers like doctor in the most useful category. The scientific careers were seen as most useful, while careers like artist and musician were near the bottom of the list.
Though I agree that doctors and lawyers are important, they are only one side of the spectrum. Think of a scale that has two pans on either side. Overload one side and the scale is unbalanced. Put too many scientific and analytical careers on the scale, and society is unbalanced.
Artistic and creative careers are just as necessary and important. Entertainers, like writers, give people joy and hope. An escape from their reality. If the entire world only focused on money and science, where is there room for fun? Where is there room to bring a smile to someone’s face and help them relax?
Creativity is as important as analytics. They bring balance to each other and our lives.
Depending on the genre you write, you’ll want to evoke specific emotions from your readers. The novels with darker themes like mystery, thriller, and horror want to bring out suspense, fear, and maybe yank out a tear or two.
Romance novelists promote love, empowerment, and self-discovery. Young adult writers create adventure, learning, and hopeful futures. An array of emotions can be brought forth, each unique to the individual. People read to laugh, cry, explore, join an adventure, and feel connected.
Feel good about the entertainment and emotional journey you’re cooking!
The Shocking Process
When you write, you’re not entertaining others, but yourself as well. Think about your search history when you’re planning a plot. This particular note applies to the female population. If you’re anything like me, you find plenty of character names by googling baby name websites to find the perfect fit for your main character.
That, in turn, fills your search history and advertisements up with stuff about babies, which may shock people if they happen to glance at your computer. Relax, I’m not pregnant, just a writer. The reactions of your loved ones may be worth a prank or two, though.
For the ones who write murder books, mystery novels, and the horrid creatures from our dreams, your search history may be chalked full of information on murder weapons and crime. Never fear, because it’s for a novel and entertaining the audience! Writing comes from imagination, but the realism needs to be there in some cases. Have fun explaining that one to non-writers!
Thank you for reading this! What reasons do you have to write?
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