Who Are You Writing For?

A commenter on the previous blog said that one should always write for himself.

However, what happens when no one reads what one has written? What happens when one really wants to write for his ideas to be acknowledged? What if one is writing just to write?

Have I used the word “one” enough already?

Certainly, you write not just for your audience, but also for yourself. If you make the end justify the means, you can certainly get lost in writing material that merely appeases your audience and constantly compromises the artistic integrity of what you’re creating.

Inevitably, there seems to be a tension here — as in most creative efforts. You don’t just write for yourself or for someone else. Perhaps, you write for neither… and both. (Is that paradoxical enough for you?)

How do you find balance between being heard and fulfilling your personal passions?

Who are you writing for?