Myself, but I hope that others who read my work can relate to me through my work. As a writer I feel isolated so even though I write for myself, I also write to reach out to others of like mind.
I write for myself but I have been asked to do the life story of someone else and then I write for that person
I'm not really sure. The reader, one hopes, eventually. Right now, for myself, I guess.
It is inevitable that a writer experiments with emulation and copies the masters. But one day the writer realizes that unless he is writing for himself it is no good.
I write for those in need.
I believe everything happens for a reason. My readers are reading my book or article because they were meant to for whatever reason pertains to their lives. Believing this, I write for me as a creative or emotional release and as I write I hope to take others along with me on my journey.
Whoever wants to read it! I'm doing something I enjoy in the hopes that other people will be able to read it and get something out of it--catharsis, inspiration, entertainment, whatever. At some point in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, The Player says "We are actors--we're the opposite of people: we require an audience." I'll keep writing as long as someone's still reading.
I probably write for myself and my family, though I obviously have the 'book signing' fantasy that every writer must have (surely?) but ultimately, if only my family read my book, that's okay.... at least I THINK it is.
Myself. I try to be aware of my audience, and of the norms and expectations of my genre, so that I don't alienate people. However, I do think it's integral to be able to give people enough of what they want, but also enough of something else that challenges their expectations. Too much of a good thing is still too much, in my opinion; nothing should last forever. I also don't do very well with "wish-fulfillment" or "fan-service" stories. If you want to dream about your favorite characters, do it, that's great for the imagination, but please don't expect me to write it. I have my own stories to tell; you can tell yours in your own head too.
I have a tendency to try to write to explain things too. While I grew up with parents who loved fantasy, I have several people in my family who just do not understand or appreciate it, and have even discouraged it on religious grounds. I find this very sad, both because I do not like being thought of as morally reprehensible for having an imagination, and because I know what joy a healthy imagination can bring, if it is tempered by reality. My one foolish wish is to bring that joy to people who cannot, or will not, understand. Most fantasies are tales of love, endurance and triumph, no matter how dark the path may get for the heroes at times. This is often lost on people such as these.
I write to live. I write because I feel God wants me to. I write because I love stories and I feel I owe it to certain characters who come to me to flesh them out and make novels for them.
Me, or somebody like me. My wife. I don't really write for anybody, I write for the piece, finding the right rhythms, the right phrase, the right word. Either people get it, and like it, or they don't. A writer does not have any control over that.