Sometimes, in our market-driven worlds, it's extremely helpful to imagine a different sort of audience: Sock-puppets. Trees. Clothes dryers. And, of course, animals.
I wote this after a long bookstore tour and in the middle of a new novel--always like going down a very slow river. I was tired of thinking about marketing and audience, tired of thinking of my work with an ear to the outside world. But suddenly I thought of the title Reading to Dogs, and I thought: Yes!
Some studies show that reading to dogs help kids read. (See http://abcnews.go.com/WN/study-dogs-children-learn-read/story?id=11428770).
But I didn't know until now that dogs could help writers.
What animate or inanimate object would you like to write to?
The vimeo (read at Why There are Words, curated by Peg Alford Pursell) is at http://abcnews.go.com/WN/study-dogs-children-learn-read/story?id=11428770
I can't post a direct link to this reading at Why There are Words because it's in vimeo. So here it is--I just had to take a break and I have always wanted to read to dogs.
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