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Old 10-04-2012, 01:04 PM   #46
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Surely it depends on what you're writing for. Are you writing for your own enjoyment and fulfilment, or do you want to make a living at it. If it's the latter, you've got to know and understand your readers and write for them, not for your self.
Here's what Steve Jobs said (and which I wholeheartedly agree):

"(...) A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them."
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:29 AM   #47
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Here's what Steve Jobs said (and which I wholeheartedly agree):

"(...) A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them."
Even so, a modicum of judgment is still called for.
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:12 PM   #48
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Here's what Steve Jobs said (and which I wholeheartedly agree):

"(...) A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them."
Treat users as idiots, yeah sounds apple-ish enough.
Believe it or not, some of us don't delegate thinking.
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:58 PM   #49
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I wouldn't say that Jobs was saying to treat customers as idiots.

Listen, people can't anticipate what you might come up with that is new and better than what they've seen before. It's the job of the artist to surprise and delight.

As for writing for an audience.... it's not about catering or pandering. It's about communicating. If you're going to surprise and delight (rather than confuse and annoy) it's good to know what the audience already knows and expects.

The trick is this: if you have to warp your work to suit an audience, you're going for the wrong audience. So maybe when someone asks you "what audience are you going for?" that isn't a critique of how you should change your work, it's just a relevant question as to what are you going to do with the work when you're done.

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The trick is this: if you have to warp your work to suit an audience, you're going for the wrong audience. So maybe when someone asks you "what audience are you going for?" that isn't a critique of how you should change your work, it's just a relevant question as to what are you going to do with the work when you're done.
That is a very good way to put it. I never thought of the question that way before. And to be honest... I'm not sure I've ever had an answer, even now.
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