I write for public praise! Haha! Seriously though...there is a part of me that wants others to like/appreciate my work...but writing will always be cathartic...a release...a form of self expression for me, first and foremost.
Probably myself, if I wrote a story which I wasn't passionate about I think it would show.
I write for my readers. Whoever they may be, I anticipate them learning and reflecting on my work.
I always write with the reader in mind. I imagine someone on a tube, train or bus stealing a few moments of escape with a great story. The goal is to make them almost miss their stop because they are so engrossed ...
I know what you expect the read here. Well, I do write for myself, but always with the hope and the aim to have someone else read and enjoy. That person will have as much education as I, but not a whole lot more, I suppose; s/he will esteem the same morals and aims as I do; will respond to what I find beautiful, and so on. To that extent, I have to write for myself, but as I write, I'm always hoping for an appreciative reader.
For my own approval and betterment of myself.
I write for myself, to give myself a voice that will be heard.
Deep down, I write for myself. When I write, I feel like I've accomplished something.
I write for me. Of course, I realize there is the 'marketable' writing that is paramount to being published, but first and formost, I write for the pleasure of it.
It starts with writing for myself. A story idea grabs me, a character comes to life and I want to write about him or her. If the story seems to have merit, then I think about writing for a market.
Myself, audience, group of friends. Not necessarily in that order though.
Me of course. I write because I get all wiggy if I don't. Plus it's how I earn a living, so I guess that's all for the good.
I write to be heard. I write to inspire and I write to entertain. And of course I write to prove that, although uneducated, a loner and a bit of a drop out from what is considered 'normal' in society, I can achieve something creative, tangible and real, and be recognised for it. And if I can do it, anyone can.