@Llama_Guy; I'm inclined to disagree with you on one thing. I don't know how common this is, but I've been taught (and always figured) that you shouldn't write with a specific audience in mind. The logic goes that if you're writing for an audience, you're constantly hung up with trying to please them, and that hamstrings the story's capability to reach its full potential. Maybe this goes more for work intended for publication (in which you don't have an audience with a couple guaranteed things in common, as is the case here by virtue of this being a pokemon forum), but I've found it to be a very consistent lesson, and often one that takes a huge load of stress off while I'm writing.
This of course doesn't mean that you should just write without direction, because that's just as certain a way for your story to fall apart. But there is certainly a danger of focusing too much on pandering to your audience.