The other day, I was challenged by a friend to answer the question of why authors write. He maintains that “pain is the reason that authors write. All stories must have a conflict (pain) or a series of conflicts to resolve or else there is no story.” He added that authors write because of “the pain of not being published, the pain of not making a living or the pain of not feeling worthy. Insecurity is pain. Good storytellers have to tap into the pain of the characters in order to ‘color’ their personality and make them real.”
He and I have been around this in subsequent conversations and frankly I don’t agree and I don’t “get it.” I think people write for many reasons (one of which might be to get rid of their pain): they have a story to tell, they have information to impart, they have an experience they want to share, etc.
I found this link on the subject, which adds to the discussion.
I would be very interested to know what you think. Why do you write?