This is a phrase I picked up from reading one of those articles based on interviews from Stephen King. In short, he means "write for yourself first, then worry about your audience later". This is one I never thought of in depth... at least, not when it came to writing novels. I'll explain the reasons as to why why in a moment. While I'm not someone who seeks everyone's validation or approval, I have a terrible habit of going to other people about my novel idea or first few paragraphs before I even finish the first draft. Lately, I've been taking King's advice and allowing my vision to manifest itself to my own liking first. One mistake I've already carelessly made was start sharing segments of my novel before it was ready. While I did get positive feedback from some, I did get mixed reactions from others. While the feedback was absolutely necessary, it did make me feel as if people weren't going to like my novel to some extent (even though that clearly wasn't the intent). I've improved it since then, but I'm going to wait until this first draft is finally finished before I seek any further critique. Now, one bit about myself. Writing is one of my other hobbies. While I enjoy dedicating large amounts of time to this hobby, my other one likes to demand equal amounts of attention is programming. Mostly games and visual stuff for MacOS (and no, I'm not the basement dwelling type who plays first person shooters and MMORPGs while eating pizza and mountain dew all night; God no). Usually in the software world, we tend to focus on the practicalities of what we're working on with others before diving too deep into it and waste time on a project that will be ultimately fruitless. This is where I believe I get the habit from. Writing is quite different and while has a few similar rules, in turn has many different ones. So I will continue to take King's advice, considering he has far more experience than I do at writing good novels. Plus his novels become movies, and I could only dream of my novel becoming a movie. Do you all follow this rule for yourselves? If so, how well has it worked for you? Shogun.