Someone did a survey recently, asking why writers like to do what they do. I have several answers:
I can’t NOT write.
It’s all I ever wanted to do.
It’s the best job in the world. They pay me (although not always a living wage) for making up stuff.
I can do it in my pajamas and slippers, or on a sandy beach, or on a sailboat.
Some people are impressed when I say I’m a published novelist. They ask for my autograph.
I get to do all kinds of research, so I learn unusual facts I can drop into cocktail party conversations.
When not writing, I’m reading, which is almost as much fun.
I can deduct some travel expenses from my income tax as research for my books.
When writing romance, I can try out being sexy on my husband.
When writing a murder mystery, I can kill off people I don’t like by making them the victim or the killer who gets caught.
Nothing that happens to me is too awful, because I can always use it in a book.
Writing lets me explore emotions, be more empathetic. I like to think it makes me a better person.
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How about you? Do you have some other reasons? I'd love to read them.