I always ask this one question of writers. Who do you write for?

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  1. Russell-D profile image78
    Russell-Dposted 14 years ago

    I always ask this one question of writers. Who do you write for?

    The answers vary a) I write for a general audience. b) I write for a specific audience c) I write for myself. c) always makes me smile because few of us are rewarded with fame and fortune. Next best is self satisfaction which we all can achieve if we're smart enough to realize it. As an ad crerative director facing a new project, I always asked myself who am I talking to? What do I want to say to them. Add - satisfying your own taste with words truest to you, is a good place for a young writer to start. Again, thanks for your interest. David Russell

  2. yoshi97 profile image56
    yoshi97posted 14 years ago

    I write the draft copy for myself ... the story I want to read. Then, as I am editing it, I edit it for the reader, as I want it to be a story for them too. At least, that's how my process works. smile

    I hope this helps! smile

    1. Russell-D profile image78
      Russell-Dposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Good answer. David.   Never forget, without readers, writers get no playback satisfaction.

  3. profile image0
    Wild cherryposted 14 years ago

    That's a very interesting question! I have never thought of it before! I remember myself writing since I was 11, so I guess c) is the correct answer for me. But when I am writing an article I almost picture someone reading it so I must be having a specific audience in mind.

  4. Quilligrapher profile image74
    Quilligrapherposted 14 years ago

    My projects begin with three questions: Am I writing to myself or do I want to entertain or to instruct others? If I am not going to be the only reader, then have I considered the best way to communicate with my audience? And finally, have I chosen the medium that will yield the best results?

  5. Bonijun37 profile image65
    Bonijun37posted 14 years ago

    I write my stories for the world to see. The world of children ages 1-12 years. I like to ask children of different ages to read my book before I send it to a publisher to get their wonderful opinion. Children I know and children I don't know. They are so honest. I have written one Christian Inspirational Romance and have had many different opinions. One owner of a Christian bookstore was very critical, that's okay. I try to have an open mind both ways. This gives me a little insight into what people like or dislike.

  6. Rayalternately profile image60
    Rayalternatelyposted 14 years ago

    Self indulgence when writing is much easier than when you're telling a story verbally. An audience provides instant feedback if they're getting bored. The art of the storyteller is to never let that happen.

  7. Cherryyou profile image61
    Cherryyouposted 14 years ago

    I write to respond to something that I intuitively feel someone wants a reaction to.  I don't necessarily believe that what I'll write and say will mean anything but I'm hoping that somehow what I write will give another something to think about or learn from.  We all think differently ... we all have something to share ... and that's the driving  philosophy inspiring me to share ... to read. I think this site is such a great 'concept' where communication is 'freewheeling' allowing everyone to share as they think and feel.

  8. profile image57
    franki79posted 14 years ago

    I write first for myself,,, because I enjoy writting, I don't write for others, nor just for sake of posting it. But for myself,,, because I enjoy it.
      Next I write to help others out with they're not so pleasient times so that I can help others with far from pleasentn, her to help them to overcam.

  9. claireify profile image60
    claireifyposted 14 years ago

    I write because I can, and I do it for anyone who will read me, especially those with a thirst for knowledge.

  10. LaraL16 profile image60
    LaraL16posted 14 years ago

    I'm writing to tell a story. Whether it be a story that I read in the future, or a story for others.

  11. Zenobia J. profile image60
    Zenobia J.posted 13 years ago

    I am literally venting my feelings onto paper, then I edit so it refers to a particular person or persons. So, as I rewite, my words will seem, as if someone else is reading or as if I'm telling a story about someone or something.

  12. KateHaggard profile image61
    KateHaggardposted 13 years ago

    Primarily, I'm writing to tell the story, to get it down and out of my system. If I enjoy it as a reader then I will work to make it enjoyable and accessible to others. But if it ends up being something I wouldn't pick up had it been written by someone else I usually abandon it. Writing and art is work, granted, but it's so much better when you're able to thoroughly enjoy the end product.

  13. profile image0
    Words by Mikeposted 13 years ago

    Watching their story unfold in my mind as they slowly leave my imagination and enter into existence. I love being the vessel for their journey as they assist me in mine.

  14. kalixao profile image60
    kalixaoposted 13 years ago

    Whoever commissions me, the distribution demographic.

  15. SuperCC profile image60
    SuperCCposted 13 years ago

    I write for myself(the first C) because I love to write. Have you ever gotten that feeling where words are just flowing from your brain and you feel as if you must write them down? I get that feeling from time to time (laugh) someday I hope that I could write "professionaly" unfortunately there should be more jobs that call for writers! wink I love this site because we all share the love of writing!

  16. shape_shifter profile image60
    shape_shifterposted 13 years ago

    I write whatever comes out, then hope it finds its audience accordingly. One of the reasons I'm not rolling in money is that I lack the ability to censor myself or my words. I do not do this intentionally, or to be stubborn or eccentric, I just find that as soon as I stand on that slippery slope, my art suffers exponentially. I write, in my mind, to project myself onto the entire world, and like to believe that all are listening....

  17. Faceless39 profile image90
    Faceless39posted 12 years ago

    I always write for my own enjoyment.  Otherwise, why do it?  For money?  I think the actual act of writing is meditative and helpful to my well-being.  I also get to practice my writing skills, which I really love to tweak and try to improve on.  One major reason is that I learn when I write:  About the subject, about my thoughts on the subject, and about myself.

    1. Russell-D profile image78
      Russell-Dposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      If it doesn't give you pleasure, it becomes work. Which you my or may not want to continue. Writing is hard, but it also should provide satisfaction. David

    2. Renaudgagne profile image57
      Renaudgagneposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      What's wrong with blogging for money? I actually make a living blogging and I can tell you that it brings a lot of joy not having to respond to an alarm clock in the morning...ever.

  18. Katharella profile image75
    Katharellaposted 12 years ago

    At first I started writing to see if anybody would really read what I have to write. As I got a few followers along the way, I realized that I have more fun, writing fun hubs and I met a groups of really fun people that also write just silly hubs, and we end up staying up all night laughing at each others funny comments, and it keeps growing with new people each day, so it's turned out just to be a lot of fun for me.. well, and for the people I met. I look forward every night to their new hubs and comments as they do me! We might earn a little money from it, but I think the friendship part of it has enRICHed:) my life a bit more! Don't get me wrong the money part of it is great lol. But it's turning out to be just a lot of fun too!

    1. Russell-D profile image78
      Russell-Dposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Whatever works. David

  19. chianti57 profile image60
    chianti57posted 12 years ago

    I started writing because I had a dream one night.  It kept recurring and it was like something in my head told me to write.
    So I did.  I wrote a brief outline.  That grew into 11 chapters of outline.  In the end it was of book length.

    While I writing and re-writing and re-re-writing(LOL) I was having fun in my characters lives.  I hope one day to have enough courage to publish it and hope others would enjoy my characters' lives.
    (my second and third book started out in the same way!!!)

  20. schoolgirlforreal profile image81
    schoolgirlforrealposted 12 years ago

    I write foremost to relieve any and all tension, emotion, pain, passion, etc.

    Secondly, I enjoy the flow that comes from my heart to the paper. smile

    1. Russell-D profile image78
      Russell-Dposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      As I said above, whatever works. David

  21. Skylar Spring profile image69
    Skylar Springposted 12 years ago

    I mostly write for my own enjoyment. Up until I joined hubpages I didn't even consider sharing my work as much as I love what I do. Hubpages actually helped me realize I wanted to pursue writing. Now I not only write for myself but I write for other people's enjoyment or to help them in some way.

  22. rembrandz profile image78
    rembrandzposted 12 years ago

    1. I basically write to celebrate my passion in a topic
    2. I write for art lovers with art I create
    3. I write for people who may enjoy reading my experiences via my travelogues and perhaps learn from it so they make an informed decision (say when they travel abroad).

    1. Russell-D profile image78
      Russell-Dposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      You write "How to....". If the subject is of interest to readers and the job you do works for them, you can probably do well. David

  23. beautyspot2010 profile image59
    beautyspot2010posted 12 years ago

    I write for myself first but it is lovely when other people get enjoyment out of what you write too, it makes it feel that little bit more worth while smile

  24. smzclark profile image60
    smzclarkposted 11 years ago

    definately for myself! but when people enjoy reading what i've written, that is always encouraging---so i kinda do it for others for myself too :-)

    1. Russell-D profile image78
      Russell-Dposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Without others to read what you write, why write?   David

  25. Russell-D profile image78
    Russell-Dposted 11 years ago

    You have the ingredients, but to put them into better prospective. People who are not professional writers, write for their own pleasure on what satisfies them. Professional paid writers, work on assignment and a deadline. Most try to write to the last minute, editting, editting and editting.  They're the ones who seldom blog until they retire when they are free, free at last, to write what satisfies them. At that point, what's missing is that nice fat check. It really depends on what the writer's needs and desires are.  David

  26. novicemuse profile image61
    novicemuseposted 11 years ago

    I write for myself because I find writing liberating. Through writing I can time travel or rove the world and universe unrestrained. The possibilities are unlimited; I can be anyone that ever lived or I can create an entirely new person leagues into the future. I enjoy excavating a character's mindset and probing around their feelings. I am every character I create yet I am no one but myself. I know that I am young and I don't expect any miracles to make me famous and affluent, but I am content because I know that I can indeed have everything, if only through my mind and my writing.

  27. Dr Billy Kidd profile image89
    Dr Billy Kiddposted 11 years ago

    I write for an audience. Otherwise, it's just another story where I'm the leading character! It is interesting that first novels are alway about the author projecting his or her life story into the book. This is why it is so hard for an editor to get beginners to change anything. "Change my life--heck no." This all go on unconsciously until it's brought to your attention.

  28. petealex profile image60
    petealexposted 11 years ago

    I have been stressed late about death of my sister, and the lost of my job that I hated. But I came across hubpages and realized all of my problems can be sloved here. I meet people, have an opportunity to make money and I just enjoy doing it because its something I have being doing all of me life. I may not be great at it yet but practice make better.

  29. lou2212 profile image62
    lou2212posted 11 years ago

    I write because it makes me happy and i liek to express my self, also feedback is great and if you have a bit of a tallent why not use it.

    1. Russell-D profile image78
      Russell-Dposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      If you ever want to be a published writer, always check your spelling before submitting your work. (liek, tallent).  An agent will do it for you, but doubt your ability to be successful and perhaps lose interest when a piece isn't perfect.

    2. lou2212 profile image62
      lou2212posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Its not always easy because the touch screan is faulty on my phone. *like*

  30. nanderson500 profile image80
    nanderson500posted 11 years ago

    I write primarily for myself because, if my writing doesn't entertain or interest me, it's safe to say that it won't appeal to other people either. I do enjoy having others read my work, however. There is so much work that goes into writing and editing that would be a shame if the writer was the only person to read his or her material.

    1. Russell-D profile image78
      Russell-Dposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Great answer. David

  31. Amaryllis profile image81
    Amaryllisposted 11 years ago

    I write for an imaginary friend. Seriously. Most of my writing is factual, often explaining something, so I imagine a friend sitting next to me, and write what I would say.  Then I edit it to be what I would write. Interesting question.

  32. profile image0
    Jennifer Angelposted 10 years ago

    I write for me, I write the voices and the parts in my heart that need to be voiced. People like certain things and if you can nail that feeling, you have yourself accomplished what most can't or are unwilling to try.

  33. Renaudgagne profile image57
    Renaudgagneposted 10 years ago

    Good Question!

    I write for entrepreneurs who want to generate sales online.

    This questions is very good because most people are not aware

    of who is their target market. Two thumbs up

  34. Rose Vallespin profile image58
    Rose Vallespinposted 10 years ago

    ‘You should write, first of all, to please yourself. You shouldn’t care a damn about anybody else at all. But writing cant be a way of life, the important part of writing is living. You have to live in such a way that your writing emerges from it.’ ~ Doris Lessing

    As to who I write for - I write for myself and then share it hoping it touches a few lives.


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