It depends upon what I write. The correct answer that most people want to hear is that the writer writes for himself first. Well, that is not always the case. Rhetorically speaking, you have to write for the audience, and that does play along with a lot of things that I write and how I approach a subject. If you write for yourself, then you're only writing for one member of a large audience, and that doesn't generally make for good writing. The audience is, well, your audience, and you have to take them into consideration.
A lot of it depends upon what I am writing. If I am writing poetry, for example, then, yes, I write for myself because that is a personal art. But, if I am writing about a certain subject that affects millions of people, then I do have to consider those people, and I must consider them well.
My grandfather was the one who always encouraged me by saying "You can be anything you want to be if you are willing to work for it." He was the one I first told my dreams of being an author to at about age 9 while we were sitting under a summer oak sharing lunch on a hot August Day. So, to answer the question, I believe I write for him and also my grandmother. Though they have both been dead for almost forty years, they are still in death as they were in life, my appreciative unseen audience. I don't really write for myself. After my grandparents I write to bring escape, enjoyment and a glimpse into another time and place to all the unknown readers who will pick up my books in a library or bookstore, pause and then decide to take it home to read.
My audience, never for the money that`s most important!!
Any story that`s NOT for the audience is only slapped together for monetary gain, but good stories,memorable stories, are ALWAYS geared toward the audience, anyone who says different, just does not know what they are talking about.
I write to deliver a message. It's a love of writing. If there were no one there to read the stories I don't think that I'd write.
It sounds corny. It sounds like an answer an author delivers because it is expected of him. It sounds lame. But I write for myself. A story has to get me excited if I want it to excite anybody else. As I move through a novel novel or short, I'm trying to maximize my own entertainment.
That being said, the rewriting process – cleaning up the slop, adding foreshadowing here or there, whittle out those God awful inconsistencies – often involves tweaking the story to make it more enticing to the people who may eventually buy your book, read your work and pass judgement.
The first write through, though. Pure selfish indulgence.
Deep down inside, I write for myself. I tune out everyone and I pretend to be the audience.
I write for me.
Myself, the reader, money.
Less money, don't generate enough. Legacy?
I write for me. It is something that I need to say and writing is a great way to do it. If others enjoy it, that is a bonus.
It's a three-way tie: for me, for my readers, and ultimately for God, in whom I trust.
For all people, really; all that care for the universal progress of the world in which we all live.
I write to keep my sanity. So the answer to this one is ME.
I write for the reader. I think the majority of my readers are the type of people who want to know more and want to know why something works. I really like it when I receive feedback from them. It lets me know if I did a good job or if there was something lacking. I like interacting with my readers.