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Creative Writing - With Whom Are You Communicating?
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Creative Writing  -  With Whom Are You Communicating?

Do you know your readers?

When you sit planning an article, getting your ducks in a row, how important is the audience that you hope to attract considered at planning stage. Do they come later, a consideration after you've decided what to write? Or are they a high priority, “what do my readers want from me? That's what I will write about.”

I struggle with this decision and its importance, why do we write? When an author has written a hard covered book and received moderate sales, does he now reassess his subject, or his style, to improve sales? I have recently discovered the books of Tony Park an author of fiction, relating stories that happen in my country. Now to me this was a brave move, with the likes of Wilbur Smith having almost claimed exclusivity to the area. To write similar stories, admittedly, historically more recent than Wilbur, and this by an Australian citizen, very commendable indeed.

I read his Biography, not supplied in his book, but on the Internet. An Australian Army reserve that had a tour in Afghanistan in 2002, a reporter in England as well as his home country, but more importantly a visitor to my country South Africa. Here he owns a vehicle and a tent and tours the Parks I love. The visits are obviously his inspiration, and his imagination the story. With a military tour in Afghanistan, his knowledge of matters about killing and assassinating widened undoubtedly from experience.

My wonder when reading his stories, his ability to weave here and there, yet hold you in suspense throughout the story, is surely a gift one cannot learn, but born with. We as article writers, begin with an apéritif, a starter, a line or two to grab a hasty reader. Then follows the meal of the article, the meat and veg, the crux of the article, when the author tries to hold their reader's attention. Then the last few lines of wisdom, the pudding of the meal, the sweets that hopefully will get the reader back for more.

The novel writer is a month full of meals, the breakfasts, lunches and dinners, and then they must still take you to the cinema and in the end kiss you goodnight. This takes a talent I am not blessed with, yet I stay in awe of the ability. The art of article writing, an acquisition or skill you can develop, comes easier to some than to others, yet I still admire the creative art shown by those that can do it well.

The Tony Parks of the world have a gift to which some may aspire, but the ability to write a novel calls for dedication. For this they should receive a certain amount of admiration. This author, Tony Park, is going to become more prominent as his stories reach wider audiences and his popularity increases.


Street Talk

Johnney  

Rob I like your style, my friend, I'm not so sure you shouldn't pursue that novel that resides within you. Your writing challenges me to better my own writing. I will surely look out for Tony Parks works as well.

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  about 1 decade ago

Johnney I take that as a wonderful compliment, thank you. But its people like Tony Parks that makes me realise I'm not quite there yet.

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  about 1 decade ago

Rob, you can write anything you want, just believe!

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks Shawn

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  about 1 decade ago
Joan S  

I'm in awe of good novelists and their facility painting pictures with words. I love it when I receive a vivid, complete image from reading just a few words, not to mention the writer's ability to hold me captive till the end of the book, and leave me still wanting more. It's a gift. Articles are one thing, essays are another, novels are completely different because you are creating characters. I enjoy it all. I'll check out Tony Park.

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  about 1 decade ago

Joan S thanks for the comment, the art of writing a novel, something I wish I had. To be able to create characters, weave plots in and out, to describe situations that a reader can picture the position I think must be wonderful. Like the artist painting a picture starting with a blank sheet and ending with a master piece, a God given gift, I think good novel writing is the same. But then listen to whom I'm writing, an interior designer, a virtual artist herself, one with the gift. I love your website. You artist you.

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  about 1 decade ago
Joan S  

Thanks Rob. I love painting and drawing. To write a novel...uh, I'll have to leave it to you.

  
  about 1 decade ago

I'll look out for him now. I don't have any time to read but my summer holiday is now in sight...

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  about 1 decade ago

He is well worth a read, I'm now on his second book that I have bought.

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  about 1 decade ago

How interesting. I haven't heard of him (perhaps displaying my ignorance) but haven't had much time to indulge in my fiction reading lusts lately. Definitely someone to look out for. I like the sound of his stories... some of the best authors I've enjoyed have a military background.

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  about 1 decade ago

He writes magnificently and has obviously spent some time in my neck of the woods. Is quite discriptive of areas I know that few people get to. A great writer.

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  about 1 decade ago

Because of your admiration, I will definitely explore Tony Park. Your opinion holds a lot of weight here, Rob. Our library has the book, "Part of the pride : my life among the big cats of Africa" Kevin Richardson with Tony Park. Not a novel, but sounds interesting...

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  about 1 decade ago

That is such a nice thing to say Sherry, thank you. The book you mention I have seen and not yet read, but it should be good. If I'm right Tony assisted in the writing. His stories covering Africa, including the big game and game parks make them close to my heart. "Part of the pride" should be a good read.

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  about 1 decade ago

Rob, I really liked your article. I have always been a big reader yet I find myself reading very little these days. It seems most of my spare time is taken up with Affiliate Marketing or Article writing. Not sure if that's good or bad.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks for the feed back John, I find with all thats going on with us I still grab that 15 to 20 minutes to read a couple of pages. I also cannot sleep without reading, sometimes merely a few words but it helps clear the mind of the mumbo gumbo going on in there.

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  about 1 decade ago
joe witt  

I think you have a great flow to your writing, just like we're sitting across from one another. Keep it up. Joe

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks Joe, I appreciate the sentiments.

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  about 1 decade ago

Rob, Good points. I'm still in the starting phase, so I'm mostly writing to my imaginary future readers. blessings, Cynthia

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  about 1 decade ago

You have more than imaginary readers Cynthia I think your following is huge.

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  about 1 decade ago

Rob, Thanks for your compliment. blessings, Cynthia

  
  about 1 decade ago

Definitely something to think about...

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  about 1 decade ago

Yes Kevin....definitely.

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  about 1 decade ago
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