Why does someone choose to sit down in front of a computer and type away about fictional characters? I can't speak for everyone, but I have some reasons to share.
Control: The fact I have so little of it in my life, there's satisfaction in crafting characters and a plot. Of course, the one thing I'm noticing the more that I write is my characters tend to have a mind of their own.
Effect: Getting a response back from someone who enjoyed your book, almost as much as you enjoyed writing it? That feeling can't really be put into words. Of course, you take the risk of someone absolutely hating your work and letting you know it just as easily. I feel that the positive vibes overpower the negative, once the initial sting of one who disliked your writing fades.
Legacy: I also like the idea that maybe one day, hundreds of years from now, someone will read one of my stories.
Romance: I have a loving husband, let me state that right off the bat. And, our courtship had many a romantic moment. But, again, real life (household chores, appointments, errands, a growing workload, and the exhaustion that follows) kind of puts a damper on that aspect of wedded bliss after a while. Each person's romantic ideal looks and acts differently depending on preferences. The one characteristic that holds true - in the end, they live and breathe for the person they love. <sigh> Yes, it's probably more fantasy than romance.
Therapeutic: Certain issues I encounter in my daily life seem to find a resolution or new perspective through writing. You always start with writing about what you feel or personal experiences. I've found avenues of peaceful understanding through some of the stories I've written. Kind of like writing a letter to someone you never intend on giving them.
Just a few reasons I write. If you are a fellow author, would love to hear some of your reasons.
Until next time...