In preparation for a writing contest on a forum I frequent, I was brainstorming ideas and whatnot and I kept hitting this same mental roadblock: every idea I was thinking of was with the thought, “I’m writing this for this forum; therefore, I should try to write something I think they will like.”
Well, there’s two issues with that immediately. 1.) That presumes I know what they want, which, while I may have some idea since I’ve been there a while, I still can’t fully know. 2.) In thinking of ideas through such a filter — look at the word ‘filter’ — I am automatically crippling my creative potential.
However, yet, there is still something to the idea of “writing to your audience” and “knowing your audience.” How do people manage this? For instance, with this blog, I figure it as being a catch-all, so that different things will attract different people. If say, you don’t care for the posts about Superman, you may find something to like about my Miami Heat posts or if you don’t care for my libertarian political posts, you may like my posts about music.
Even so, I feel this contest in particular and others I have participated in elsewhere, do have a more narrow audience. Maybe I should just write what I want to write and hope that the audience likes it enough?