I actually find it quite hard to explain why I write, because it's never something I've questioned myself. I write because it feels wrong if I don't.
I write on a daily basis, even when I'm not working on a story. If I'm in between ideas, or don't feel like I've planned enough to start my next piece, I'll spend some time freewriting instead. I also keep a journal, as writing is therapeutic.
What Does Writing Mean To Me?
Writing, for me, means creating a story from the most fleeting of ideas or thoughts. It's the process of drawing inspiration from something and playing with that inspiration, approaching it from different angles, then stretching, shaping and rearranging it until I've got a story.
Writing can also be a form of therapy, and keeping a journal is great for clearing your head and helping you make sense of your thoughts.
Why Do I Write?
I write because I feel like something's wrong if I don't. I feel restless or flat if I don't have a writing project on the go. I write because I enjoy it, and because my mood suffers if I don't.
Sometimes, I'll have an idea - or even just a phrase in my head, or a character - and unless I jot down some notes, it won't leave me alone. I'll often be kept awake at night by ideas, and have to get up and write them down so I can actually get to sleep.
I write because it makes me feel 'right' - like a balance has been restored - and because I can't help it.
I can't help having ideas for stories, and if I leave them all in my head, I can't focus on anything else.
What Is My Motivation?
I don't know, really. The more I write, the better I'll get, so I suppose that's one reason. I'm also motivated by the feeling I get (a bit like a post-workout buzz) when I finish a piece.
Money definitely isn't my motivation - I know how difficult (to the point of being near impossible) it is to make a living from being an author nowadays.