On one level I write to satisfy a need inside myself. In that sense I write for myself. However, I also want to please my readers, and I try to write so that readers will clearly understand my message. The readers are the final audience a writer must strive to please.
(I also write so that I will leave behind a legacy so that my grandchildren and future great-grandchildren will be able to know who I am (was).)
The answer must always be the same: first and formost, you have to write for yourself. What you write must be pleasing to YOU. It must give YOU a certain amount of satisfaction. And satisfaction is that deep upwelling of good feelings that erupt when you've done something that pleases YOU. You always hope that what you write will please, or be acceptable, or understandable, or have an impact on, someone else. But with a half million books published last year alone, it's very, very, very difficult to stand out from the mob, to make your little voice heard amidst the endless, cacophonous noise and babble that now fills almost every minute of the day. It's also very satisfying when your words ARE read and appreciated by someone else, someone who doesn't know you, someone who doesn't know anything about you, a stranger. But when that doesn't happen, you've still pleased the most important person: YOU.
I write for the times when I couldn't speak my thoughts. For those who can't speak their thoughts and for those who speak their thoughts yet take it for granted that they have the freedom to.
Sometimes it is more specific, in 'ASYLUM' I write for a man once very close to me, who never knew he spoke with two voices, his own self and the Paranoid Schizophrenia which eventually overcame him.
If I am totally honest, me.
I write for the time I couldn't speak my thoughts.
More specifically as in "ASYLUM", I write for the man once very close to me, who spoke with two tongues. One his own voice and the other the Paranoid Schizophrenia that eventually overcame him.
Myself. I write out of an interest in and concern about matters that affect me, and in that is an acknowledgement that there is at least one other person out there who shares enough of my universe to be engaged and invested in what I have to offer, and I imagine that I am writing for them.
As a copywriter, I write for my clients, whoever they may be. As a fiction writer, I write for myself and my children who enjoy my short stories very much. One day, I hope to be able to write for a wider audience.
Everyone. I want everyone to find an aspect in my writing to learn from, identify with, admire, or escape into.
I'm probably like most writers' and do it out of pure selfish enjoyment. However, there is a gratifying feeling knowing a reader enjoyed the journey you wrote. And so, I would have to say that on the other hand, I write for them too.
deep down inside, don't be wrong about me, i write for myself... its not that i'm being selfish... its just that i feel some peace, relaxation, bliss, rush and everything like that while i write... i'm pushed to some other world where real life distress, commotion and chaos vanishes and is placed by everything pleasant and cool! :D
I write for myself. If I don't like the story, no one else will. I write because I enjoy the creative process. I write because without a creative outlet I am a miserable mess. I write because I enjoy entertaining others, it makes me happy.
It's just fun!
I write for the reader, with a little bit of writing for myself in there. It's my story that I think others would like to read or know about. But the reader is the most important. I have designs on how I want them to react and I try to get that reaction from them.
First and foremost for God. Before I write, I pray that He will give me guidance, and that my story will honor Him.