I was reading the latest issue of Writer’s Digest, which has an interview with Nicholas Sparks. One of the questions they asked Sparks was: “How much do you think about your readers as you write?”
His answer: “Not so much as I write, but as I conceive a story, they’re certainly in my mind, because I write stories that I want the readers to enjoy. And I think that is probably one of the main elements of writing that young writers will hopefully take to heart. And that is to write what readers want to read, which isn’t necessarily what you want to write.”
I’m not sure I agree with Spark’s final statement, that is to “write what readers want to read, which isn’t necessary what you want to write.”
What are your thoughts? Should writers–especially young aspiring authors as Sparks mentions–write for the reader, even if that means writing something they are not necessarily interested in?