What Is Your Target Audience? A Journal Entry:

A target audience is a group of readers/viewers that share a common type of genre in any kind of media. I think readers would want to stick with certain types of genres, like fantasy and adventure. Harry Potter comes to mind when I think about both of those genres. I think J. K. Rowling’s target audience expects her to use magical words and strange creatures a lot in her writing to appease them.
I currently write in three main genres, which are horror, science fiction, and erotica. When I write horror, I write about death, monsters, ghosts, blood, and etc. When I write science fiction, I write about outer space, aliens, and etc. When I write erotica, I write mainly about sex, but I let my characters struggle with another issue while trying to make love or just have sex for pleasure.
I usually write for young adults or for people in their 30’s and older. I don’t necessarily write for people in a particular political party because that doesn’t interest me. Sometimes, I do write to attract some people in Christianity, but whoever is from another religion is more than welcome to read my work. For my erotica, mostly women get excited about reading my sex stories.
In order for me to meet my target audience’s expectations, I have been reading other books in those three genres to get extra writing homework. Lately, I have bought Zane’s new novel, Vengeance, on audiobook. I have paid close attention to her diction and the way she sets up her sex scenes. I also tried to understand the main character’s emotions and behavior when she chose to belittle people in her sadistic sex acts because she was raped in her younger years. I have bought a small book about science fiction prompts that challenge my writing skills in that genre, depending on which question I chose to write about for that day. All in all, studying like this helps me know what to look for to please “some” of my target audience.
In the aspect of voice and style, I have a tendency to use almost correct English all the time. However, I catch myself going back and making almost every sentence correct with a subject-verb agreement. I have noticed over the years that some authors use one or two-word sentences to help convey an idea or describe something. I have started doing that as well. I’m hoping my target audience will not bash me for it.
For style, I enjoy writing a lengthy sentence and using simile and metaphor a lot. I think my target audience will picture my characters and plot points better when I use these literary devices. For instance, I can say, “The sun is hot as hell.” I want my readers to think of the sun being extremely hot in the summertime.

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