I thought that today I would share some writing advice with you, dearest blog. I know, how self-righteous am I, that I should share something with you? Well, I will anyways, because I'm defiant. Bahaha.
Imagine your ideal reader.
I know that a lot of people say this, or maybe they don't, but either way I've heard it before. You can be sure that I'm being far from original.
I've just been watching Nerimon's channel on youtube in which he has videos where he reads Twilight and critiques it. Basically, he voices the thoughts of every single non-preteen as they read it. Sorry, maybe you like Twilight. Then again, maybe you have no big toe on your left foot. I wouldn't know.
His comments, like his videos, are witty, clever, and in a delicious British accent. Yeah, I'm creepy, sorry.
Anyways, I currently have a story stuck in my head (or, at least, a few characters. No plot. Lovely) and now I can't stop wondering what Nerimon (AKA Alex Day) would think about it. You may not have guessed it (ha-ha), but I'm extremely awkward in public, and therefore intimidated by witty, clever, British people.
DON'T BE INTIMIDATED BY YOUR IMAGINARY AUDIENCE!
If your imaginary reader scares you, looks down on you, or likes to throw sharp things in your direction, then they are a bad friend. I know it can be hard to report someone you love, but you need to accept this. If your potential reader intimidates you, your writing will intimidate you because rather than just expressing yourself, you'll be wondering what they'd think and say.
Or maybe you could just go out and get a backbone, some guts, and care less what people have to say about your work.