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Discussion in 'Creative Zone' started by Gazi, Jul 4, 2018.

  1. Gazi

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    Do you write stories so that other people will enjoy them, or do you write stories because they're something that you yourself want to read?

    I'm doing my best to write for myself. I love it when other people enjoy my stories, but I want to be happy with my story even when it seems that nobody else likes it. I've kinda come up with a bit of a motto when it comes to my stories. If there's something you want to read and you can't find it, write it yourself.
     
  2. LostSpirit

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    I mainly write for myself. Whether essays or stories, I want to kind of dig around in my mind and formulate my own opinions. I think it's extremely to take everything as a learning experience and to incorporate ideas that will satisfy my goals for the work.
     
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  3. FNT

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    Not really sure here I guess other people?
     
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  4. Arod

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    I just write because even though I know it won’t exist. At least I can make it real in a poorly written fan fic
     
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  5. SyWry

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    I write because I have amazing idea in my head and I don't want to see them disappear when I pass. I write so that I may put my ideas down on paper so they wont be forgotten when I go. Kind of for myself I guess.
     
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  6. Laserdragon14

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    I mostly write for myself but sometimes I get up the courage to share my work and I try to learn from what they say about it such as lately people have been telling me that I need to give more detail about the world around my characters, which I'm trying to work on right now.
     
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  7. Barandofl

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    Honestly, when I used to write fanfiction, I only wrote because I had an idea in my head. But with every comment and follower I recieved, it just gaveme more motivation to continue writing.
     
  8. FireSpartan5

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    Mostly me. I like writing my thoughts of how certain things should have gone, no matter how bad it seems in retrospect, and how characters would interact. It's really for my own amusement.
     
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  9. Wolf Expert

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    I mostly write for myself, but I also write knowing that other people like the types of things that I write. So I'm hoping when I (eventually) get something published, those people will be able to enjoy what I've written as much as I do.
     
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  10. Negative Zero

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    Writing for someone else rarely seems like a good idea. Going by Neil Gaiman's whole "Make Good Art" speech, making art of any kind won't always pay off from outside sources. Your fans might not like it, your publisher/client might not pay you, and countless other things might fall through. But if you enjoy what you're doing? You'll always at least have that. If you make art that you're not paid for,and which doesn't gain you fans, and which you don't enjoy making... then why did you even do it? At least get your own enjoyment.

    That said, I always write for myself. Nobody's paying me anyway, and I'm not being pushed by fans. That leaves myself as the only reason to write. And considering 95% of what I wrote never leaves my hard drive... yeah, I write for myself.
     
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  11. Negative Zero

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    Writing for someone else rarely seems like a good idea. Going by Neil Gaiman's whole "Make Good Art" speech, making art of any kind won't always pay off from outside sources. Your fans might not like it, your publisher/client might not pay you, and countless other things might fall through. But if you enjoy what you're doing? You'll always at least have that. If you make art that you're not paid for,and which doesn't gain you fans, and which you don't enjoy making... then why did you even do it? At least get your own enjoyment.

    That said, I always write for myself. Nobody's paying me anyway, and I'm not being pushed by fans. That leaves myself as the only reason to write. And considering 95% of what I wrote never leaves my hard drive... yeah, I write for myself.
     
  12. Mandriel

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    I suppose both, to a degree. I write because it's what I enjoy and it makes me happy, but I'd be lying if I said I wrote only for myself. I want to write things that people will want to read. Granted, that doesn't mean I'll warp my ideas to fit what's popular because I want to please everyone. I suppose I'm hovering a little in the middle, but leaning more toward 'writing for myself'.
     
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  13. ChocoChicken

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    Somewhere in between, I guess. These days, more for myself.
     
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  14. BZRich64

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    I'd saw that I mostly write for myself, but having people interested in what I write certainly helps me stay motivated (now if only I knew what it was like).
     
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  15. Owly

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    I write for myself. I love writing and I love the characters I'm writing about. I do want to publish my work, and I do show it to my friends, enter contests, and post things online, but much of this is either because I'm proud of what I did, I want motivation, or I want feedback. I don't think writing for other people is super healthy, it sounds to me like you'd end up ignoring your own creative flow to please the masses.
     
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  16. Zenaku

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    Everything I write, I write mainly for myself. If I wrote to appease my readership, I'd probably be betraying my personal code as a writer who tries to find or invent some interesting new twists to write, by writing only canon or popular pairings.

    Otherwise, probably due to my reluctance to write canon or popular pairings, there don't seem to be many people who share my particular tastes, and I usually don't get more than a handful of reviewers on any of my works. When I do, it's mainly compliments or requests to update soon. But like I said, for a lot of my writing, feedback is very scarce beyond maybe the odd favorite or follow. I do love hearing from my readers though. I won't change a story just because the readers seem to "want it," but if they point out ways I can improve upon my writing then I'm willing to make adjustments.
     
  17. Halcyon Storm

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    For me, it's a mix of both. Obviously, I get immense joy out of seeing other people read and enjoy the stories that I have written. But on the other hand, I mainly write to get all the ideas out of my head and on paper. It's a double-edged blade, and I really should write more often, because my mind is just filled with creative flows which I need to dispose of somehow.
     
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