Writing has been a major part of my life for more than a decade. I am constantly studying the principles, elements, structure and organization behind everything from narrative to gameplay and it's become so intrinsically a part of who I am and what I want to do that everything else takes a back seat.
But in the past twelve years, I can no longer point to a specific reason why I continue to love it as much as I do.
So I was hoping to know why you create. Is it a means to express yourself? Is it to make sense of the world around you or to better understand yourself? Do you enjoy the act of making something out of nothing? No reason is absurd if its the truth.
EDIT: Thanks to everyone who has shared their thoughts on this topic. I thought I would collect some of the responses we've been getting up front so we can get a good overall idea.
- Self expression
- Love of the act of creating
- Intellectual stimulation
- Desire to make sense of self
- To have a completed product
- To earn a living (how marvelous to be paid for something you love)
- Social reform
- Contributing to the world/sharing a gift
Please keep your reasons coming, even if someone else has already mentioned yours.