Why do you do it.

Simple question really. Why do you write? Some of you are writers profesionally, but some write with relatively no following. Just curious to see why other authors write. Is it the love of writing, or the money.. (if your lucky.) What inspires you?


I'm a creative type. Give me a pen and paper, and I'll doodle or write. If I'm procrastinating from writing... I'm writing something else. It's how I'm wired, it's what I consume and what I produce. I write because if I didn't have an outlet, I would (and have, in the past) end up acting like a space cadet.


Because I want to look deep and mysterious in coffee shops.


I started writing because I started imagining stories that weren't being written. Whole worlds and systems of magic, quirky characters that feel more real than real people sometimes.


I'm not really the writing type. It's a lot faster to experience a story through reading than writing it, and it takes a lot less mental energy. If the stories in my head were already being written by someone else, I'd gladly sit back and enjoy the books. They're not, though, so it's up to me to bring them into the world.


I started writing for my own personal enjoyment. It came as a bit of a surprise when I posted online and found a whole bunch of people who enjoyed my writing as well.


I'm not looking to become a professional writer; I don't think I have the temperament for it. It's always going to be an enjoyable hobby for me. That isn't to say I don't want to improve. I want to write with professional quality, but my work is always going to be published for free online, and the only payment I want is in comments and reviews that let me know that people out there are enjoying the story.


I used to love writing for the heck of it when I was a teenager writing in her native language. Now, with averaging 250 English words an hour, it's just work. And I don't like work. :(


I love love love having written, though. Nothing makes me happier than seeing people I don't know discuss my story and characters on some forum I didn't know existed. Reader comments are the same... I've gotten some that were 400+ words long and moved me to tears.


Misery.


No, really. My childhood was pretty bad; I used to tell myself stories all the time to take myself away from it. Like, all the time. I didn't realize I was practicing toward anything until years later, but I spent all that time refining my storytelling bit by bit. Even now, I have a soul-sucking day job of drudgery and long commute; visiting imaginary worlds in my head keeps me sane. It was a short jump from there to writing it all down.


Nowadays, however I got to this point, storytelling is what I know best, and what I love most. Even if all the misery were taken away, I would still do it. But my first inspiration came, and comes, from my dislike of the world I actually live in.


I am ambitious. I want to be an artist.

I like writing and language and playing with words and exploring ideas and the worlds of the mind. Writing is thinking to me and texts are frozen thoughts. And I want to do something new and exciting maybe change some stuff in european literature with that.


Not in it for the money so to speak but for the fame. The glory. The immortality. Not popularity, mind you. I want to do more than entertain.

I want to be for future generations what some past writers were to me: A memorial of one of the greats on which to gaze and measure yourself.


Because people wanted me to and because folks like Jim and Wildbow thought I was creative. Though I might be misremembering about Jim. It was fun to entertain people with commentary on their stories, and people didn't always mind some independent contributions I made in the comments, storywise. So I finally caved, even though my situation was one where I felt I needed guaranteed financial incentive to be able to keep at it, though that never materialized.


I do enjoy it, though. Not only are some parts fun, but some of it has also been cathartic for me. At least a couple of updates that I felt were the funniest came about more because I needed something to cheer myself up, and others are more related to those days that make you hate people. At least one was more about spewing some dark thoughts onto the page just to get them out. Overall, I think it's a nice kind of crazy, and superhero fiction is one of those areas where you really can throw everything together.


It'd be nice if something came of it, but it's not exactly bestselling book material. Kinda given up on it being a moneymaker after all this time, too. I'd like to try other sorts of stories if I ever get the chance. I've had the odd interesting idea or two that would be good to follow up on sometime. I feel like I should do something with horror, for instance. Except, knowing me, that'd turn into more like "Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil," "The Cabin in the Woods," or "Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon," instead of anything straight up.


I write because I want to entertain people. Inspiration comes from the world around me. I couldn't stop if I tried.


I think that's partly why my "Epsilon" serial is interactive and weekly, drawing from votes and whatever else I've experienced or am experiencing. The whole site began less than 4 months after I closed the books on my personified math, which itself had been running for over three years... I had to keep putting something out there. I have no plans to write professionally, or make any money off my writing, which isn't to say it won't happen, but that's currently not the goal.


It's like there's another question lurking in your post - because I could write, but keep it hidden in a directory. Except I can't, that's only entertaining me. I put it out there, wanting to make someone smile, or ask questions, or feel better about life. Which is why sometimes it kills me that I max out at about 10 people who have read any one of my stories from beginning to end. But Rome wasn't built in a day; after 20 months and 120 posts, I'm down to about one in four weeks having a zero view day, in large part thanks to this community.


@Chrysalis: Awesome point about the language used. Maybe you'd enjoy getting back to your roots there?


Because I choose to.


@Psycho Gecko: I don't know if I ever used the the word creative, but you are creative plus you're funny, and you very clearly wanted to tell stories (because you were doing it in the comments section already). My attitude was that you might as well make it official.


As for myself, the largest part of why I write is that I've always loved reading, and wanted to my own create stories as a result. For a long while, I played lots of role playing games (which satisfied the same urge), usually as the gamemaster, the person who created the world, the plot, and played all the characters that aren't the players'.


Also, I took around 20 credits worth of creative writing classes in college--purely for fun. Outside of writing a few drafts of a novel that I still haven't published, I didn't do much with it.


A few years ago, I realized that there was an audience for free, serialized fiction online. I decided to try it, and slowly got some readers. At the point that I realized that I could earn money from writing, I put up a Paypal link, and eventually started turning the serial into ebooks. All the same, while the amount of money I earn slowly grows, it's not the equal of my job. I could stop without major financial consequences.


In the end, I like writing, and like being read.


Wow, what a diverse group of writers! Thank you for sharing! I write because it is something I have always wanted to do. I have always had stories playing in my head like movies, I just never thought they would be something people want to read. You never know until you try it though I suppose. I am not the greatest with sentence structure and grammar, but I think that will get better as I write more. Grammarly is my friend too, helps a lot for me. It would be great to make some money at it, but I honestly don't expect that. If I can get a small group of readers I would be happy with that. so far I have about 300 views total from about 80 people, half of whom are writers from here, and a few friends. The views are mostly my static page, but seems like five or six people read it all. This is all before getting listed on WFG, I'm hoping that will happen in the next couple weeks.


Thanks to all of you guys I have made what I feel is a decent web page, and I plan to post every Monday without fail. Most times I post my story about five minutes after finishing so that I can get it on time. Then I edit it about five times to fix little stuff. Not the greatest, I know, but I don't have much time to write. Thanks, all of you for the inspiration you have given by sharing your driving forces! The Unseen war is literally the first thing longer than a few paragraphs I have written since school. I love writing, and I don't think I will stop anytime soon.


@mathtans If I switched to writing in my native language, I'd lose probably 99% of my current readers, and my overall reach would be greatly diminished. :( It's so much easier to self-publish to an English speaking audience.


But hey, the thrill of people reading my stuff (I still can't believe it!) is totally worth all the blood and tears. :)


I write because it teaches me to communicate. Whether I'm writing fiction or nonfiction, that same foundation is there. The same foundation I would not have without teaching myself to write over the past nine years. The foundation, which enables me to go into the world better equipped at solving my problems with word and with thought. And hopefully, the problems of others. It is an exercise in mindfulness.


What if you had two versions? The one you have now, and the same story in your native language? that maybe a lot of work, but you may be able to gain a second audience.


I used to consider that, but... too much work. I think I (and my readers) would benefit more if I used that time to create new content. :)


To bleed the madness.


I write because I have had all these characters in my head for years, stepping in and out off reality, traveling into the stories that I read and going on wondrous adventures in my mind whilst I'm stuck here, and they needed to be spelt out on paper.


I got bored waiting for updates, and thought I'd give writing a go since it takes so much longer than reading. Web-serials gave me the confidence to just have a go, as these aren't published writers they're just trying things out and seeing if anyone wants to read.


I stopped, because I wrote myself into a corner and work got busy, and I had a kid, and suddenly just didn't have the energy for writing.


Still trying to start up again though.


At the risk of sounding pretentious, writing is my life blood. I've been writing online in some shape or form since I was in elementary school, but only got into serial fiction writing earlier this year.