Should You Write for Yourself or for the Reader?
from Writer's Digest
People who come to my writing workshops always ask me the same thing: "Should I write for myself, or for the reader?" It's a tricky, loaded question, but I always answer it with one of my own: "Do you want to get published and be paid for it, or are you not really concerned about other people buying and reading your book?" Most people respond that they want to get their work published, have people read and enjoy it, and make a few bucks in the process.
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