I teeter back and forth between writing for specific publications (especially anthologies) and writing freehand, of my own imagination, limit-free. The problem with the latter is that sometimes, my bizarro story takes a while to find a home. But it is original and that must count for something.
On the other hand, when I write for a specific eZine or anthology I’m trying to publish with, and the story is not accepted, I end up with a piece not entirely of my own, and with a sense of weight to it, that is it’s too specific in theme or other elements and thus, also hard to place.
In the end, it comes down to persistence in submitting, and I do believe that eventually, every story if given enough attention, will find a home.
What about you? Do you write more for yourself, for eZines you want to get into, or a little of both? In which way do you think you are more successful?