Who Do you Write For?

 When you set out to write, which set of readers do you aim at? In my case I do not write for the lowest common denominator intelligence wise. I am not one for endlessly spelling out every minute detail as if explaining something to a four year old. Instead I concentrate on the storyline, allowing it to make you think and to ask questions of it. Or, to put it another way, to read my books you need to use your brain.
Over the last two weeks, my highly successful novel “The Seventh Age” has gone well beyond all expectations sales wise, particularly here in the UK where the average reader actually likes to use their brain and not have everything spelt out for them, unlike our cousins across the Atlantic – bless their hearts.
I don’t blame them in the least for not taking to it the way my countrymen have. To read my stories you need to have a certain level of intelligence. Fortunately over here we have not had years of endless mind-numbing television soaps inflicted upon us daily, turning our minds to mush, where what would take five minutes to explain in a story, or real life, tends to get spread out over several weeks with endless explanation ad nauseam.
Therefore, if you do not enjoy intelligent science fiction, then my books are clearly not for you.

2 thoughts on “Who Do you Write For?

  1. Jean, are you insinuating there are more people that are mentally challenged enough they can't visualize a story without describing each minute detail? I always considered people who liked SciFi to be at the higher end of the mental spectrum since it takes imagination to even go there.I figured Romance Novels would want a lot of detail and follow the mantra of 'keep it simple' for the hopelessly lost and downtrodden masses that need the detail they can't find in real life, but not SciFi. IMO of course.MF Burbaugh


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