I've lost sight of something very important to me: the ability to solely write for MYSELF. Always, I write about what other people want to read. Whenever I'm about to make a crucial decision for a character, I ask myself "Should I really do this?". I fear I ask this not because it's what I want or what the characters would want but what people who read my stories would want. I've gotten so wrapped up in trying to make my novel likeable (following proper dramatic structure, yet trying to not to fall into paradigms that are too formulaic etc.), that I've forgotten that I shouldn't care if it's likeable or not. What matters is if it's likeable to me... Right? But then I think... Stephanie Meyers didn't care about all the people who hated (or loved) her books. She wrote twilight for herself and she was happy with the outcome. Is she wrong for that? I had a burst of inspiration today. The kind where I felt the emotions of my characters and forgot all about the world around me, but it quickly faded away after I became aware of it. That's the feeling that I lost. I haven't been able to connect with all my characters or get properly lost in the action, drama, and conflict of my stories, since I took on this "objective" view of writing. How do I regain that mindset?