Filk – Know Your Audience

I talked in an earlier post (Filk – What Are You Trying to Do?) about thinking about what you’re trying to accomplish with a filk.

Are you trying to:

  • Entertain people?
  • Get them to sing along?
  • Make them laugh?
  • Move them to tears?
  • Inspire them?

This helps you to choose the kind of tune and the story it tells for your filk.

Beyond that, I’d encourage you to think about your audience.

Are they:

  • Old?
  • Young?
  • Serious?
  • Rolicking?
  • Do they want something exquisitely hand crafted?
  • Or do they just want something they can roar along with, slightly out of key?

Many times, we write filks first and later on choose from our repertoire for what will meet the needs of an occasion; but if you’re writing something for a particular event, think about your audience and let that guide your choice of what type of song to write.

Catherine Kane


For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better” her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”  and her new book “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

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