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Wednesday
Jun272007

Writing for the market or yourself?

This week's survey: When you write, do you write for the market or do you write for yourself?

The idealistic answer is the latter, and I've seen this advice repeated many times: write for yourself, not for the market. And though I see a nugget of wisdom in this popular writer's adage, I think that there's also the inescapable fact that there are also less romantic aspects of the writing life for some writers, like paying the bills. :-)

My solution: I write for the market but don't write anything I think I'd regret ten years from now. And I keep the joy in my writing but always being involved in a writing project that is more about the fun than the money.

What about the rest of you? Do you write for the market or do you write for yourself?

Reader Comments (1)

I always write for the market and for fun but I always include part of myself and my feelings and opinions.

April 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChocolate lover

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