Writing for Someone Else Against Writing For Yourself


There’s a phrase often uttered among the writing community that goes something like: Write what you want to read. It’s essentially telling authors that if there is a book that you want to read then you should be writing it. The problem is, there are a lot of things people want to read, and there is even more people out there who start-up a book and never get very far with it. This is because writing what you want to read isn’t always the most effective strategy. There’s an even better one, and it appeals to an author’s sense of empathy with other people.

Write what someone you know wants to read.

You can only give yourself so much strength. Many authors will continually explain that someone else or multiple people helped push them to make the book the way they did, or to just carry them through times of…

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