Targetting That Audience

One of the “rules” often repeated for authors is to know your audience and to write to that audience. This seems obvious until you start trying to break it down. In reading dozens of articles and books on writing everyone agrees that writing for your audience is important. Yet, I have found zero discussions that provide anything more than descriptive hand waving on this subject. In trying to understand if I am doing this well I have dug down deep into the blogs and interviews of the authors I consider to be doing a good job of reaching their self-described audiences. I have also read with an analytical eye their books paying attention to vocabulary usage, scene complexity, and especially descriptions of internal feelings and internal dialog.