Peter Elbow proposes three arguments in his article Closing My Eyes as I Speak –
Peter Elbow proposes three arguments in his article Closing My Eyes as I Speak – For Reflection #1
(1) Even though ignoring our audience may lead to worse writing at first, it will often lead to better writing in the end (better’ than we could have produced if we kept audience in mind). (2) Sometimes ignoring our audience will lead us to better writing–immediately. (3) We must question the assumption–derived from an oversimple importation from psychology- – that writing with audience awareness is “more mature” than writing without it.
Draw connections between your own experiences with writing, freewriting and thinking reflectively with these arguments.
Primarily, this is for you. It’s a chance to stop and think and get some perspective, which is something we don’t often get to do. However, I am also a secondary audience. I actually want to know your perspective and what you think!