Tag Archives: audience concern

Readers and (their) writers

Nietzsche once remarked (paraphrasing) that if one cannot find true companionship among the living then one should seek it from the dead – in books. To pick up a book is to begin a journey of an unknown duration and unforeseen destination. It is to embark with a number of travel mates, some of whom […]

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Second-rate writing

Simone de Beauvoir, author, essayist, social critic, and titan of feminism, wrote an influential essay in 1951 titled “Must We Burn Sade?” In it the infamous marquis is assessed through the lens of the reputation that he has garnered, and de Beauvoir finds both positive and negative aspects to his work and legacy. It is […]

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How Creative?

I think the question of artistic license versus concern for the audience should be an issue addressed early in a project’s life–addressed, settled, and maintained. How much freedom will you give yourself? Will you aim for following tried and true methods, or do all that you can to avoid them? Will your work strive to […]

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