Knowing your audience is a very tall order. If this were an article about craft, I’d tell you what advice I abide by and what I ignore. However, this is about getting creatively unblocked. So, I’ll tell you: ignore all of it. There are benefits to not knowing your audience. In my experience, paying too much attention to your audience gets in the way of writing. Certainly, it gets in the way of creativity. It can intimidate or freeze a writer into not writing. Why? Because it’s not real.