O thats easy. Deep down and even on the surface, I write for myself.
Deep down, I write to express my own thoughts, feelings, and experiences to the world outside. I am very existential in my world view. Communicating to the other 6 billion people in the world would be a wonderful thing, like sharing a fragrance with them would be.
Most for me, but some I think have messages that might be of interest to other folks.
The Great Unknown.
Not just for myself, but for those who like what I write.
I write with two groups in mind:
1.) Me, because I have to be interested in the story just to keep it going.
2.) Those reading it after I finish and publish it, people like my little sister (age 17) and my parents.
I write things I wouldn't be ashamed of them reading if they were to stumble across my writing on the internet or on my computer.
Me. Writers like to be in charge. We control who the characters are, what they are like, what their actions are, and what happens to them. So, regardless of market, who do you think we're writing for? : )
The people not myself.
The only true reason to write is for oneself. Every other vanity shall come to nothing.
I write for myself deep down inside, and also on my surface too. If you don't write for yourself, then you're probably a multi-millionnaire hack.
Myself, though I try to keep in mind how the words would sound to other people.
I suppose the phrasing is intended to bring out the admission that, yes, I write for myself. And I do, because it's fun.
But I've learned that, if no one else reads it, the fun level tails off.
I am impassioned about writing, I do it for me. It goes with my morning cup of coffee and has gone with my cigarette when stressed. I also plan to write for all the lives I have met who have faced many adversities such as I. I have held the hand of the lonely, walked with the weak, consoled the dying, closed my father's eyes on his deathbed, worked with the homeless, worked with the mentally ill, worked with the veterans, the disabled. The same as was done for me. I now try to advocate for them.
I write for myself. I think my writing is the one way to prove to myself that I have this wonderful, beautiful talent.