If youâ€™re ofÂ a technical mind, you may want to write forÂ bottom-line sort of people. If you prefer to examine issues thoroughly, thereâ€™s an audience for that, too.
Make your audience feel smart, not lost. Show them what’s happening in a language they’ll appreciate. As your characters interact, have them move and breath; not, “he said, ‘call the police,'” but,
Mirrored sunglasses asked, “call the police” and strode back to the store,Â pulling a gun and expertly adjusting it.
When you have the germ of an idea,Â envision specifically whom you want to reach (a family member, a friend, a mentor, your childhood bully,Â the thief who stole your phone and thinks itâ€™s funny,Â yourself) becauseÂ that person, that audience, will ultimately decide whether your story isÂ a success.
That bears repeating: at the end of the day, if your story doesn’t reach into your reader’s chest and grip them then it’s not successful.Â And your reader decides, not you, whether it’s successful; not because the reader pays for it, but because they admit your ideas into their skull and let you walk around in there. Nothing more personal than that.