For Whom Do You Write?

When I started blogging, the online world was a little different. There was no such thing as Twitter, BlogHer was a year away, and facebook was still making its rounds at Harvard. The idea of writing an online journal for an audience never occured to me. My blog was for myself, at times being nothing more than listing what I’d eaten during the day or giving me a place to write goals and ideas.

Then, blogging exploded. I changed platforms. I started to become cognizant of the fact that there were people reading my writing. For me, this caused a shift. Suddenly, a quick spell check wasn’t enough. I thought about my posts, how they sounded, how they represented me and the people I wrote about. And, sometimes, I lost myself. There were things I couldn’t write about, things I couldn’t share.  I’ve since found an outlet for those details in fiction, which has, in turn, enriched my creative writing process.

Who do you write for?

3 Responses to For Whom Do You Write?
  1. AmyBeth Inverness
    December 19, 2012 | 5:58 am

    Although my best work comes out when I write for myself, it’s not necessarily the most marketable product.

    In addition to my regular blog (which is split between regular blog posts and features on one stream, and samples of fiction on another) I started a fictionAL blog written by the characters of a series I’m working on. After a few months, I realized I had no idea who their audience was. I think I’ll say they are writing for each other, as a way to keep in touch even when they are far apart.

  2. Andrea
    December 19, 2012 | 2:29 pm

    I write to express the craziness of my life, on my blog anyway, but I write fiction because it an escape from reality and I love that I help other do the same.

  3. Charlotte Rains Dixon
    December 27, 2012 | 11:25 am

    My blog is intentionally written for the public and since it focuses on writing, there are many things I keep private there. My fiction is where all the good, juicy stuff goes! I do think this is an important question that writers need to answer.