I know several people love to use the cliche quote "Write for yourself, then everyone will love it and if they don't.... whatever.", so maybe that's more of a paraphrase than a quote. My main question is why? I understand that it's easier to find ideas in writing for yourself, but logically it seems that if you are writing for yourself the work being written will eventually turn to message literature. A Christian would write stories about accepting Jesus Christ as the savior of all mankind. A homosexual would write stories about how brave it is to be different and true to their natural self. An oppressed minority would write about staying strong against adversity from ignorance. Writing for an audience on the other hand would be entirely different, wouldn't it? A theme will still be visible but the message is more hidden. Sure that Christian could still write about a person accepting Jesus Christ, but then show what really happens in the persecution and mocking from the intelligentsia and others. Basically, if I wanted to write for myself I would write a journal. Maybe I am just misunderstanding when people are saying "Write for yourself". Opinions, questions, concerns??