“If you want to see your plays performed the way you wrote them, become President.” -Vaclav Havel

When you are a writer, you always have a plan in mind for what you want the reader to think about the topics you write about.

The problem with readers is that they just so happen to not be in your head. Isn’t it pesky that they have their own experiences and opinions and biases with which to view your work? Everything your reader has ever thought or experienced will influence how they see what you’ve written.

Your hero may be their villain. Your success story could be their frustration.

You cannot force them to love your characters. You must love your characters enough that you write them well enough that their true character is expressed. And then your reader can decide from there what they think. Just because you think your favorite character is admirable doesn’t mean your reader will.

You can only write your story the best way you can and wait to see what people think.

(In regards to the title quote: Plays are always performed to the director’s specifications, which is rarely how the author intended it. But when the president shows up, you can bet it will be the way he or she wrote it to be. Don’t go out of your way to be the president. It’s far more interesting to see what people actually think of what you’ve written than for them to regurgitate your thoughts as you meant them.)

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