So when I write, I like thinking about my audience as two people: the New Reader and the Rereader 

It’s a little thing, but like – 

  • Will the new reader understand what’s going on even without any prior knowledge? 
  • Is the exposition super boring if you already grasp what’s being explained?  
  • Are there in-jokes for the rereader to find? (and could they be distracting for the newcomer?)
  • Is the conflict still engaging after the novelty wears off?
  • Will knowing how the story ends add to the tension – or will it spoil the fun? 

Thinking this way has been so helpful for me ‘cause it forces me to consider angles I might not have noticed otherwise – and once I got the knack for that, it made my writing process Smoother and my writing So Much Stronger 

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