Writing for yourself

“Write for yourself – By this I mean that you shouldn’t look outside yourself for some target audience and hope to hit it. You never will because that target keeps shifting. Fads, trends, and demographics come and go while you are only on chapter four of your novel.

“The only constant in your life is you. The best audience for what you write is you–the child you were, the adult you are.” –Jane Yolen, Take Joy – A Writer’s Guide to Loving the Craft

How often do you remember to write for yourself? How often are you able to put aside the invisible future audience of your one-day-to-be-published book?

Hopefully you’re able to a lot more often than I’m able to. It’s hard, isn’t it? To put aside your future readers, to put aside what a prospective agent or editor might think, to put aside publishing trends…

But we have to do it. We have to forget all that and, as Jane Yolen says, write for “the child you were, the adult you are.” Not only is this the best – and sanest – way to go about the craft of writing, but it’s also the most fun. After all, aren’t we all writing the book we want to read? I am. And I can’t wait to read it when it’s done.


About thewritingblues

I'm a writer working on a YA dystopian novel and blogging on my progress - or lack thereof - and other cool writing stuff.
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4 Responses to Writing for yourself

  1. zachfoster71 says:

    Good advice to follow, especially for those starting out like myself.

  2. thewritingblues says:

    Thanks for reading, Zach, and from your blog, it sounds like you’re on the right track! Good luck to you. :)

  3. zachfoster71 says:

    Not a problem. Keep up the good work.

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