Dr. Seuss thought a lot about his audience. Even his quotes about writing shed light on how he approached his readers. In a word, wit and wisdom.

“I tend to basically exaggerate in life, and in writing, it’s fine to exaggerate. I really enjoy overstating for the purpose of getting a laugh. For another thing, writing is easier than digging ditches. Well, actually that’s an exaggeration. It isn’t.” ~
Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss)

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

Dr. Seuss

“So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.” Dr. Seuss

Writing simply means no dependent clauses, no dangling things, no flashbacks, and keeping the subject near the predicate. We throw in as many fresh words we can get away with. Simple, short sentences don’t always work. You have to do tricks with pacing, alternate long sentences with short, to keep it vital and alive…. Virtually every page is a cliffhanger–you’ve got to force them to turn it.”~”
― Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss thought a lot about his audience. He realized that he wrote for children and young adults. He knew the topics which they needed to hear and understood what would resonate with children. He also had a message to share with his readers about life and living. Whether the topic was hope for the future, don’t chop down trees, or listen to your elders–he shared the message with cleverness and yet ease.

Remember the simplicity of Dr. Seuss’ humor when you write. Kids love to laugh. Adults should laugh more. But also try to write about topics that your audience will enjoy and be willing to ponder.