no aim

I don’t write for readers; I don’t think many writers do–I don’t think any. They say they do, don’t they? But…well, I only write for myself, and when somebody says: “Oh, your book has given me so much pleasure,” I just think, “How peculiar.” I don’t know what to say. Of course I don’t say that; I smile and say “How nice.”–but I think I’d have written books whether they were published or not. I just liked writing.
Beryl Bainbridge.