Writing For Yourself Vs Writing For Your Readers

Who do you write for?

Who do you write for?

There is a difference between what you write for yourself and what you write for everyone else to read ( your readers). It’s not to say that you shouldn’t write what you care about. in fact, you should always what you care about and that you are interested in. You are the one spending hours to make your writing as good as possible, so why not enjoy what you’re writing about?

The problem comes when you try to avoid your passion and follow the latest trend in the reading industry. That’s not genuine or unique.

Write for Yourself. Edit for your Readers.

Write what you love. Write what makes you want to write for hours at a time. Write the project that you’ve been dying to write and pour your heart out in it.

Then edit it for your readers.

Not everything written is meant to be published. Take angry letters, for example. You write them to vent. Sure, there is passion and emotion in them that a lot of people will understand but that’s not publish material. That’s therapy. being able to tell the difference between therapy writing and writing for an audience is a skill writers need to have.

When looking at what you’ve written think about what your readers will get out of it. Think about the investment they took in buying your book and taking the time to read it. You want your readers to be return investors. you want them to keep coming back for more.

Show your readers the same respect that you would want. Don’t give them crap. Give them passion, give them something you’re dying to share with them. A story that they’ll remember and want to tell their friends.

There are lots of ways to be a more effective writer but the main thing to remember is to put your readers first before you publish. But give them something that you care about.

Would love to hear about the topics you’re writing about.


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Shaquanda Dalton

Hello, my name is Shaquanda Dalton and welcome to Learnasyouwrite.com! I'm from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and graudated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in Creative Writing. I fell in love with writing at the age nine and love it till this day. :)


  1. Norman Samuda Smith

    Great entry – I learned the hard way after beating myself up for years questioning and convincing myself that what I write is not good enough and do people care about what I write and do they care about my characters. Eventually I came to the conclusion like what you’ve written here, write about what you love and edit for the reader. Once you do that, writing is sweet. Great blog by the way.


    • Shaquanda Dalton

      Thanks, Norman. Loved your statement about you growing as a writer. No matter what we do or what we write someone will always think our writing is good and someone will always think our writing is bad. That’s why we have do just do what we love and be the exception to every rule. Thanks for your comment.


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