I can’t speak for all writers, because it seems you will get a different answer one way or another (or perhaps, the same answer, written differently). But for me, there is something beautiful/terrifying/sexy/inspiring about writing. If I can reach out to at least one reader, I feel like I made a real difference in this world; more of a difference than the nonsense I do at my day-job. But I would still be doing this, even if I don’t reach an audience, let alone a single reader.
I love this job! I love writing. I love jumping around from story to story. I love pushing myself and experimenting to see where I can take my writing (and imagination). I love the freedom of writing, and the ability to write whatever I want. I love learning how to perfect my craft, and improving from my last project. And I love reader’s reactions (positive or negative). I love the whole package deal!
Every single author/writer says that there is magic in writing. And truth be told, many artistes that proclaims themselves as one feels that same magic anytime they create. It’s like being on cloud nine: no one can touch you. Sure, the daggers are set at the heart once the creation is out there. But no one can touch you at the very moment you are in that mindset of piecing letters and words together to create a story. It’s an escape, an escape from the harsh reality of this gloom-and-doom world, even if you are writing a gloom-and-doom story. It’s also a lonely job, which is what I enjoy the most out of it. I am not bothered. My only regret is not having enough time to do this job."