As a member of the Working Writer’s Club, I have not only met some great people and writers, I have been given the opportunity to introduce my readers to the authors and provide an area where the writer’s can provide tips, suggestions, and ideas to our readers!
Today, I would like to introduce you to Terri Forehand, a registered nurse and author of The Cancer Prayer Book.
It is so important for a writer to know the audience they are writing for. If you write for adults and children, then you must spend time with both, understand the needs of each group, and specifically tailor your writing to each audience.
I write for adults but my passion is writing for children. My experience as a nurse helps me to write specifically to the needs and concerns for adults. My pediatric nursing, school nursing, and high school teaching experiences help me to understand children. What I would write for an adult audience usually will not fit the audience of children readers. However, many topics can be tailored and written with each audience in mind.
My adult prayer book addresses the concerns of adults who have cancer. Those concerns are different and from an adult point of view rather than the understanding of a child. They include fear that a spouse might leave, financial concerns, fear of death, and fear of pain. Adult fears when in print help the reader to relate to those words. It can make it easier for them to open the conversation with family members or simply to know they are normal in those fears.
My picture book about cancer for children addresses the concerns that a child has. Drawing from the time I spend with children who are ill I have come to know their fears and concerns about loosing their hair and about what their friends think. One of a child’s main worries is what a parent will do if the child dies. Yes, this is a real concern for children but one that the adults may not feel comfortable talking about. The solution is to put it in a book for kids. The reader then relates to the feelings and it opens up the discussion with the adults.
Spend time with your audience. It is fine to change from one audience to another if you feel your book or article has something to say, but make certain the material is suited to the audience it is intended for. Many writing platforms can be built on both audiences. Experiment with the audience and find what fits best with your writing style and the genre you love. Here you will discover your passion and your writing platform.