Thursday, October 22, 2020

Writing for an Audience of One by Elizabeth Goddard

The phrase “for an audience of one” is often referred to when talking about being a fan of your own work or, another way of thinking about it---creating for the pleasure it gives you.

Let’s face it, not many people write novels for the sake of writing a novel. Okay, well maybe some people—but most of us start that long, arduous journey of learning to write, making connections at conferences, and either pursuing self-publishing or securing an agent to land an editor, for the purpose of getting published. As mentioned, not everyone does this. Some write novels for the sheer joy of creating a story which they stick in a drawer. Honestly, I don’t know anyone like that. You might. But let’s go back to the term “publishing”.

Merriam-Webster’s Definition of publishing : the business or profession of the commercial production and issuance of literature, information, musical scores or sometimes recordings, or art.

So, yes, most writers want to get our words—novels, articles, poetry, whatever—out there for the world to see our work! Or at the very least we want to share our heart with a lost and dying world, trusting that our message will land in the hands of someone who needs to read it.

At Christian writers’ conferences, this question is sometimes asked—Would you still be writing if you were only writing for an audience of One?

Capital One.

As in, you’re not your own audience, but God is your audience.

For many, the answer is still a resounding “yes”. For those writers the need to write is a burning drive, a dream, a call, that must be answered. I fall into that category, and yet, if I’m honest, my answer to the question—would you still be writing if you were only writing for an audience of One?--would likely be no. Okay, so if there was never any hope of being published, I doubt I would have continued on that journey. Yet, if God truly called me to write, then of course I could do no less than answer that call. (I answered the call in 2001 when I joined American Christian Fiction Writers).

My point is that the question gets right to the heart of the matter. Why do you really want to be a published author? Fame? Glory? You’re driven to write? Because God called you to write?

Scripture says, “Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3 :23 CSB

Not for people. Did you catch that part? But for an audience of One.

Whatever your answer to this question regarding an audience of One, remember that ultimately everything we do should be done for God. It’s up to Him to bless you with a bigger audience, but in your heart of hearts—make sure you do it all for Him. For His glory.

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Scripture says, “Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3 :23 CSB Not for people. Did you catch that part? But for an audience of One.

Elizabeth Goddard has sold over one million books and is the award-winning author of more than 50 romance novels and counting, including the romantic mystery The Camera Never Lies--a 2011 Carol Award winner. She is a Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense finalist for her Mountain Cove series--Buried, Backfire, and Deception--and a Carol Award finalist for Submerged. When she's not writing, she loves spending time with her family, traveling to find inspiration for her next book, and serving with her husband in ministry. For more information about her books, visit her website at