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We may like our characters, but do we like our readers?

If we have been criticized for our writing, we may have become fearful of any readers.  I sweat and get really nervous before reading my work in public although people come up to me years later quoting some of the poems they heard once.

But I almost never submit any poems for publication.  I actually published more in high school than I have all the years since.

When I thought about it, I realized I was paranoid about my readers, and that like anything feared, I felt hostile towards it.  In other words, I felt hostile to my audience, not exactly a way to write quickly or skillfully.

Realizing this, I decided to look closely at the images I had of the readers and I realized I could consciously choose an audience or a person representing a warm reception of my writing.  Or even imagine the audiences I have read for that certainly liked my work.

Believing that people want to read your work is probably a terrific way to undermine writer’s block.

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