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I’ve never been that convinced about the above claim, but this comment from an author a writer nicknamed Arch at Goodreads prompted me to explore the question again:

Mercedes, write your stories. As a writer, I never write for anyone but myself. At the end of the day, you are the only one that suppose to be comfortable and like your story, no one else. If a person like your type of storytelling, then that’s them.

Seriously, as an author do you first and foremost write for yourself, then hope like hell that somebody out there loves your work?

I imagine that for an unpublished writer, this may be the case, but is it as true, once you build a fan base, especially for writers like JR Ward who have extremely vocal fans?

Wasn’t there a question of her writing one of the BDB books in a certain way because of how outspoken her “Cellies” were?

So my question to authors, do you write just for you, regardless of reviews, fan views etc, or do you get pulled into writing books that you think your fans will approve of, and/or books that fit with current trends?


  • […] actually initially posted about the topic below this post on Goodreads yesterday, and the “writer” who’s comment I copied and pasted, came […]

  • I don’t know how to do pingback and I only found your blog because of the Dorchester cluster f**k, but as a writer/author/WTFever who does not have a clamoring fanbase of zillions, yeah, I pretty much write the stories *I* want to write and then I hope someone else likes them.

    I don’t know “Arch” and I don’t read GoodReads, so I don’t know if “Arch” has ever posted any of her/his writing on line. I do believe writers can write just for themselves — my diary going back to 1963 is proof enough of that — but I also think that as soon as you inform someone you’re writing with any intention of getting them to ask you about your writing -or- you make any of your writing available for someone else to read, you’ve gone beyond the “I do it just for myself” level.

    And if you go with the old adage of doing it first for fun, then for a few friends, and finally for money, at what point does each individual writer/author make the transition to Level 3 that precludes any contact with either Level 1 or Level 2? Do we ever completely leave Level 1 behind? So far, at least, I haven’t. But that’s just me.


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