I write because I love stories and I feel like I have something important to say to people. I write for my readers, but I also write for myself.
This may sound funny, but I write for my characters. If my idea for a story is worthy of being told, then my characters deserve their rightful place. Then, if they are pleased, my readers will be too.
Now, I must say that I enjoy reading my own work upon completion. Many times I'll pick up an unpublished early novel and read it. If I ever have time, I could tweak them and re-submit or publish them. Honestly, they are good...in my humble opinion.
I write FOR anyone who wants to read, including and especially myself
Initially, I write for myself. I tell the story that satisfies me. But, once the story is told and I'm happy with it, I start thinking about how every else would like it.
I write for myself, for the pure joy of writing cause I love to do it, it's my escape.
I write for myself. Even during the years when I couldn't get anything published, I continued to write.
My most recent book, HAD EVE COME FIRST AND JONAH BEEN A WOMAN, had its origins in a time of personal struggle. "Jabbok Night," about a female Jacob wrestling with God/an angel/herself, was the first story in the collection. As a woman who's questioned much of what I was taught in Sunday school, I began to write honestly about my questions.
Yet I DO crave an audience, someone who will say, "I've felt just like this character," or "Yes, I've often questioned that too."
I write for myself, to make me feel God, and when people appreciate it, its just d cherry on top
I write for my characters. I cannot keep them locked inside. Their stories are begging to be told. I write to give them release.
The first answer is God. I use some themes in my books to try to get people thinking. Our society assumes it knows everything about our existence. And the existence of a God is pretty much written out of the list of possibilities. All I want is to get people to consider the idea. To see that those of us who still do believe aren't necessarily crazy.
The second answer is the "little guy." As someone who was isolated and bullied growing up, I know what it is like to feel as though you have no place or purpose in this cold cruel world. I try to write to inspire those who think they're insignificant and unimportant. The people who just assume they'll never be able to make a difference in this world. I want to tell those people that they can be as important and influential to the rest of the world as their determination allows them to be. If you want to make a difference, then go out there and do it!
Me and my sanity! The ideas come, and I have seen what happens when I try to ignore them. But, mostly, I think that I write for the same reason that I read - to escape real life :)
Myself - for the most part I hope my family don't read my stuff! Not worried about anyone else reading it. Funny thing is that in secondary school writing compositions was a nightmare for me - mine were very childish so while I was what you would call "well-read" I couldn't do honours english because I could not interpret literature and definitely would not let anyone inside my head through writing compositions! Guess I have "evolved"!
I write for myself primarily, even when itís something I wouldnít read (like a match preview for a team I donít support). I write for the various aspects of myself and hope that Iím an ordinary enough person for it to appeal to somebody else whilst not so ordinary as to be boring. I want others to relate to my work but find something new there as well.
Deep down inside I write because I enjoy it, and I get paid to do what I love!
I write first of all for me, but not to the point where I run the risk of alienating people. I just want to engage people, make them laugh, cry, throw punches, argue, anything. Any reaction is good when you're writing. So, hopefully without sounding really pretentious, I write for anyone who reads stuff and who wants to engage with it.
On the inside, for myself, to try and put form and substance to my imaginings. Writers write because they have stories inside them, trying to claw their way out, and it can be painful to try and drive them back. Better to let them out and show them off to others.
On the outside, I struck up an email conversation with one of my online fans, and now he's my beta reader. My writing is now tailored to him as my primary audience. Someday, when I have a chance, maybe I'll even meet him in person.