What Do YOU Think?

I’m interested in getting your thoughts about stuff I see and hear, quotes I read, stuff that passes as knowledge – and starting an authorey conversation.

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also known as “assume your reader is smart”

Some new authors don’t do that. Even I forget sometimes. That’s where CPs come in and say, “Hey, assume your reader is smart.”

Great advice.

What are YOUR thoughts on this idea?

24 thoughts on “What Do YOU Think?

  1. Think I needed to read this to be honest, today! I am currently continuing to write my 17 year old WIP and I know it is wordy at times, possibly describing really mundane things, but at edit stage that will probably all come out, because readers ‘know’ don’t they?

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  2. I agree, the reader is smart, and I love it when an author writes knowing this is so. I started J.C. Sasser’s debut novel yesterday, titled, Gradle Bird. It’s Southern fiction, and is garnering great reviews. The author is pulling out colloquialisms, such as, He sat at the table in a wife beater, and of course, I knew the reference. Some writers may have added T shirt, but because Sasser did not, it made me feel “in the know.

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  3. I’d say it depends on the genre and the complexity of the words and their combined meanings, mixed with the subject matter. You can’t talk down to your audience but you also can’t assume they’ll make the jump between X, Y and Pikachu if the content isn’t there. Just find the right balance I think.

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