Wrote this for another website but thought it may be relevant (or at least some of it). Slightly amended it for this site. Maybe you'll agree with some of it or perhaps all of it, or indeed none of it.
Like perhaps 99.9% of all writers I write mainly for personal enjoyment. Writing, whatever the style and format (be it script, poetry, or novel writing) is an art form in itself. However instead of creating a visual picture we create a world by using words. Therefore we allow our readers to create their own worlds by using their own imaginations, which means they are not just limited to what we, as the "artist" wants them to see. Therefore should we see ourselves not only as writers, but also as artists, using words as our medium?
For example,if you gave ten people a scene from a book and ask them to describe the scene, you'll probably get ten different variations.
We, as the writer, create the world, but we allow our reader to "colour" in their own unique style.
I try to keep flexible by not just writing scripts, but also currently writing a fictional novel. By writing two types helps me improve my writing skills. Whilst script writing can be described a series of instructions, novel writing is more complex and involved with characterization and worlds being created. Also I'm researching into writig a book regarding the development and operational history of the Vickers Vimy, delving not only into its famed record breaking flights but its ordinary history .
My current script is about the first flight over the Atlantic by Alcock and Brown in 1919 which is a true event, whereas my novel is completely fictional and is about a woman who suffers a terrible accident and has to be turned into a cyborg in order to live. However unlike most cyborg novels my character has virtually no superhuman abilities or augmentations. She changes from a calm, methodical and analytical person to one who is violent, abusive, irritable and suicidal. The book will chart how both herself and her family cope with both the physical and mental changes.
As you can see two totally different subjects and styles of writing, but each designed to tell a tale.
Writing should be a leisure and a hobby, but like most writers we all hope to one day become a successful author or scriptwriter, therefore giving up our mundane everyday jobs (for those of us who have such jobs). Us writers have all got a story inside us to tell and want others to share that tale. Or we want to write about something that interests us andwe want to share it. Not only that but writing provides us with a means of escapism from the everyday (never more so than in today’s current climate).
Once writing becomes a chore or uninteresting then the main reason is lost: namely the pleasure or joy of writing. I don’t think people write solely for monetary gain or at least its not the main reason for myself. (Of course that first cheque or bank transfer is always a) helpful and b) satisfaction that you are now a published author!
Basically at the end of the day writing should be a pleasure and not only a solo activity but also one that we can all share our experiences with, be they good or bad.
Thanks for reading.