5 Ways of Establishing an Ideal Reader

One good place to start as a writer is in thinking about readers. There's a mental process which you can go through to help you focus on the effect that you want to create as a writer. Here are some tips on how to go about it.

1. Picture your ideal reader sitting across the table from you in a pub or cafe.

2. List out some of the qualities that they might possess, for example (these are just examples, change these as you wish):


Accomplished, literate

Young(ish) 18 to 34


Good sense of humour


Likes literature, film, reading

Passionate about certain things (i.e. deeper meaning, peace etc)

Desires whatever it is you write about without perhaps recognising what it is

Wants to be part of your inner circle, wants to receive your stories