I would imagine it’s moderately safe to say that the majority of writers write because it’s something they enjoy doing.
But why do you write what you write?
I have no doubts that this can be the same reason. You simply enjoy writing… whatever genres/topics/subjects you write. And that’s awesome, and a valid reason in and of itself.
But does anyone else have other reasons for writing what you write?
Don’t get me wrong; I enjoy writing the majority of what I write. I love to write about people, and personalities, and relationships; I love to write about real life. But I also write things that I dislike writing about; I sometimes write characters that I despise, and scenes that turn my stomach. Why?
Because I am compelled to write the stories that people need to hear but often don’t. I’m compelled to write the stories that must be told, that my characters need to tell, and that people need to know about. And often these stories have unpleasant aspects, and scenes that are difficult to read. But that’s exactly why they must be told; because these characters are not the only ones who have stories like theirs to tell. There are people everywhere who experience what my characters experience, and their stories need to be told. They need to know they are not alone. Others need to know that these things happen – they might even happen to someone you know.
And most importantly, thousands – maybe millions – often suffer in silence. They need to be given a voice. And they need to know, through the voices of my characters, that they do not need to be silenced. Their stories do not need to be kept secret, as they have been brainwashed to believe. Others can read stories similar to theirs, and understand that these stories are real, one way or another. By giving voice to my characters, by allowing others to read their stories, I hope to somehow give hope and courage to people in real life who may suffer in silence, afraid or embarrassed or ashamed to speak out.