Walter Ong The Writer's Audience Is Always A Fiction Summary

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Walter J. Ong’s article, “The Writer’s Audience Is Always a Fiction” discusses that a writer’s audience is always made up. As we know an oral performer has an audience but this isn’t the same for writer. Ong explains, in order to successfully write a piece the writer has to imagine the certain type of people reading their article. This isn’t who always will end up reading it, it’s who the author make them to be. Writer’s cast their reader’s roles in their work to help them succeed in writing their piece.
As the article continues, Ong shows that he is not the only writer and critic that believes the audience should only be used to the writer’s advantage. In The Rhetoric of Fiction the author Wayne Booth, briefly explains that
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Even in oral performances can be fictionalized in a sense Ong states. He explains oral performers sometimes start their pieces of work including the readers in. Ong then goes on telling how the performer expects the “audience” to know the events that are happening without saying as though they are experiencing these things along with the writer. Although performers can have audiences in a way they are still fictional.
My past experiences with writing I would have agreed with the thought of writers have audiences. This is no longer true for me after reading Ong’s article “The Writer’s Audience Is Always a Fiction”. I was always told, writing to catch a specific audience attention is the key to having a successful piece. I now agree with Ong, the thought of an audience should be used for the writer’s advantage. The writer’s audience is always fiction no matter the situation.
In addition, writers writing to an audience is useful just not in a way many believe. Writers often fictionalize their audience in many ways. One of the main ways authors create these fictionalize the audience is by creating relationship between them and their readers. This successfully helps them continue on with their piece without having to answer every question the reader might have by expecting them to already know. This relationship between the made up audience and author makes it easier for the

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