I save her marked-up manuscripts as an unluckier husband might save love letters.
Writing is a shot in the dark. Apart from close friends, you do not know who will read your work. You may envision critics who’ll denounce your effort, and should that happen, your inner censor will begin to do their work for them, shutting down your efforts before anything has even been written. We suggest you banish that inner censor and seek out better company: your ideal reader.
Ideal readers need ideal writers
This ideal reader is no actual person; it is, rather, the way you hope your work will be read by prospective readers. Of course, you cannot control how people will experience your prose, and if you try too hard, readers will resent it and you will lose them.
Besides, ideal readers don’t need your intrusions, right? They intuit what you mean without having to be told.
So in order to entice actual readers into becoming your ideal reader, you must allow for some leeway. In other words, you will have to become an ideal writer, confident in your art rather than being too pushy.
Beauty has the last word
The more leeway your grant your readers, the more you allow for variety of emphasis and different interpretations of your writing. Even if you feel this introduces a sense of ambiguity to the readings, you gain an awareness of, and appreciation for, genuine reader response.
Ultimately, communion through art is not about meaning—it is about beauty. And as soon as the beauty hidden in your work captures the eye of its beholders, you will know that the spark has bridged the divide between you, the writer, and the rest of the world.