I have just been listening to the comedian Michael Mcintyre talking about his On The Road tours. He has gone from selling one ticket at Edinburgh to sell out performances with audiences of thousands. Getting to where his career is today and preparing for these shows obviously takes a lot of work and knockbacks and hasn't been easy.
So how do you present your work to so many people in the hope that at least the majority appreciate it ?
Mackintyre does practice gigs, starting with as little as 15 people and working up to larger audiences until he has a show he is happy with and knows is worth putting out to "the masses".
I wonder if this is feasible for writers and if it's any different from asking for critiques from "professionals". There are book and poetry readings but these are usually after the book/poetry is complete. And listening to something read aloud is very different to reading it yourself. Maybe if we had audiences reading during the process of our writing we might have a better sense of what works and what doesn't.
I am starting small.
I have an audience of two dogs for this morning's jottings and it's going well, so far. Think I might do the gig tomorrow with an increase in readership - next door but one's cat is looking attentively at me as I write.
Watch this space - which hopefully won't stay a space for too long.