Why do you write?
I started writing poetry when i was 12.I was a terribly shy, confused child and i couldn't talk to anyone about my feelings because i thought they'd laugh at me.Writing helped me work things out.
I remember i wrote a highly emotional short story about a girl who'd lost her parents and who's heroic elder brother was now abandoning her!I only showed it to my best friend and she actually burst into tears!Of course my friend herself was "highly emotional" so i don't think that says much about my writing!
Anyway i found poetry easier to write because i could say what i wanted in fewer words and hide behind them.
I still write poetry because it helps calm me down or cheer me up when i'm upset but it's also important that i reach out to others.
So the point is...i was wondering why did all you wonderful writers start writing?Suppose your poetry were never to be recognized or read by others.Would you go on writing or would you give up?