In the end, each writer is writing for himself.
I love creating worlds, creating people. For me it's all about the creative process, and the drive to share what I have created with others.
For kindred souls only. I do not try to instruct, sway, shock or impress readers in general.
I write for the satisfaction of knowing "I count, that what I have to say matters to someone or has influenced the reader." As a child growing up on my grandparent's farm, my grandmother instilled in me the belief that I could do anything. She would say, "Melanie, you are smart and there is nothing you can't do as long as you put your mind to it." I have carried that saying a long time and have come to realize that with hard work and determination, you can accomplish your goals in life.
My readers, who are also family, friends, neighbours, etc. I write for humanity, as pompous as that probably sounds. Smiling.
myself. my Dad, my children.
Deep down inside? Me.
Deep down inside I write for me first. I live those stories while I am creating them. Next I write for the possible reader and the editor.
I write for me first. But I also write for friends and fans. To be a working writer is my goal - no day job. So far, so good.
I'd like to say that I write for me. I'd like to. But, if I'm being honest, many times I do write for the "audience." There's a price to pay, however, in writing for the audience. In doing so, I sacrifice raw honesty, the deeper, emotive side of me that would squirm if I knew someone else -- a stranger, or my grandmother -- was going to read it. This artistic sacrifice ultimately cheats both me and the reader. I must accept that when I write at a deeper level-- for me-- I'm just going to have to do some squirming later on.
While I often say that if I find a publishing house that's interested in my stuff, I'm happy to change my protagonist from a 35 year old Martian-loving 28th century prostitute to a 17 year old cowboy in 19th century Kansas, if that's what the publisher wants, in reality I write for myself.
I have a day job, so I don't view my writing as a critical source of revenue, a la "publish at all costs, make whatever changes they require, because if it doesn't sell we don't eat." The stories come to me and the characters' voices haunt me until I write them down - writing is cheaper than an exorcist for me. So even if I never sold a story, I'd still write... which I suppose is the definition of writing for oneself.
I write for anyone who is willing to read what Iíve written. My chances of becoming a rich author are next to zero, so why not keep my low-paying day job? This way, Iíll be under no pressure to constantly produce in order to pay for my yacht in Bermuda, my summer home in the Hamptons, or to maintain my string of polo ponies in the South of France.
I have always said and continue to say that I write for the eight grade version of me.
I feel this age group is going through so many life changes and they feel so deeply. I would hope to appeal to this group on a deeper level and make them think as well as entertain them.
For lack of a better phrase, it's what I do.