Is it necessary to have an audience to write to?Personally, I've never done any writing with a particular audience in mind. Sure, in my wilder (read dorkier) days, I was known to have written a live poem or two. But, for people with a slightly less specialized purpose, do we need to necessarily consider who will be reading before we write?Many will probably be clenching their teeth, ready to slap me across the face with an emphatic 'yes.' But I posit that writing, true writing of importance to the writer (because if that isn't the case, why would anyone read it to begin with?), need not be a creation for a specific audience. If a writer intends to create something, but frames it to a specific person/reader/audience, then what is the result? A specialized story that may appeal to some, sure, but is it an accessible work? I am not denouncing the practice; working writers certainly need to be concerned with a certain someone liking their work so that it doesn't end up being a dogfood dinner night, again.In the end, I suppose it is a matter of your intent.