I suppose myself. Sure, I'd like others to read my novels, but mostly I just want to write the story.
Me, you, the world, the story, the character
All writers write for themselves. If you didn't, you would lose interest in the story and never finish it.
The reader! My deepest joy comes from a reader understanding something I was trying to say and enjoying my work. Then I feel successful in my efforts. It is very satisfying to put an idea into words that communicates your idea to someone else.
I wanted very much to be part of the fraternity of "published" authors. I wanted something I wrote to be in the public library. I admire books so much, that my life-long goal was to write one. So to be in the company--even if it is way in the back, back row--of great writers is why I write.
Primarily for me, but somewhere deeper is that mysterious person who will pass judgement on my work, giving it a thumbs up or down. I can usually tell when I'm not being genuine in my writing.
For myself. And that could be for anyone if he/she likes later.
Good question ... But, I don't have an easy answer. I think in a sense when I am writing I am writing for the characters I have created. I think and hope that people will be able to connect on some level with a character I have created.
I do write for myself. I write only what interests me. But I am pleased, and encouraged when others enjoy reading what I have written. I cannot write to reach a large audience. A large audience does not exist who share my interests. I know the audience is limited.
Easy one..... I write for me, I am not a back scratcher, yet I have been known to beat a point to death.
Honerslty anyone who wants to read.
Myself. As a much younger man, I had vision and purpose, a message to convey to the masses. I slept with tablets and pens under my pillow. Given the choice of whether to wipe my ass with the last bit of toilet paper or use it to write a thought lest I lose it, ink was the answer. Vision and purpose set aside, I write because it is that which I must do. Like breathing, it means to me that I am living. If I don't, I'm not.
Myself, it makes me feel better when I am writing.
Myself and CC. The reader is third in line unfortunately but if I and CC don't get into the story and 'see' it then no one else will either. That's a cop out I suppose. Way deep down I write for that feeling of Euphoria I spoke of when the writing's coming fast and furious the whole of the world ceases to exist outside of The Zone. Even the tapping of the keys and the glowing monitor aren't really there anymore. I write for that 'high'.
Hey, I'm honest. I get points for that, right?