Some write for an audience of one; this again affects the writing, depending on who that 'one' is. A love letter or poem is both similar to and different from a worship song to God. And then there are those who write for their own eyes only.
J.D. Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye and four short story collections, was known for his reclusive lifestyle. In today's dose of writerly wisdom, he shares his perspective:
“I love to write and I assure you I write regularly... But I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it.”Writer, know thyself. Whom do you write for? Why do you write? What do you write? Don't force yourself into a mould created by someone else or what you think an author should look like. Just because you've been published doesn't mean you have to continue pursuing that route if that's not your goal. Salinger never wrote another novel after The Catcher in the Rye; he preferred the short story form.
Know thyself and let that knowing inform your writing.