Recognizing for whom you're writing is very important. Your audience determines
how you approach your subject.
The audience's age, gender, interests, socio-economics, education,
politics, religion, expertise, biases, opinions, etc. all
help determine how you write.
For example, you wouldn't write the
same way for a group of fifth graders as you
would for a college
professor...unless he or she has had a very bad day.
Typically, your instructor is your audience in a writing class even
when he or she
says write for an audience of ___________.
Consequently, you have to meet their
standards and appeal to their
Never think that you're writing for yourself unless you're writing a
journal or diary
that no one, besides a snooping sibling, will see.