I think every writer, regardless of level or experience, asks themselves why they write. If not, well, maybe you’re just not at that depression soaked hole in your “career”, yet (hang in there, you’ll get there).
I think for most of us, the answer is obvious: to get famous. I mean, clearly, the only reason to actually write is to make money by topping the New York Times bestseller list, penning a feature film, and going on a whirlwind world tour. Plus, you’ll get to rub elbows with celebrities…and who doesn’t want that?
Isn’t that the ultimate goal? To become rich and famous? I’m pretty sure that’s the American Dream.
There are those who will tell you to write because you love it or because you can’t do anything else (that’s why I have a liberal arts degree, not an engineering one). I think they are just deluding you. Coaching you on the appropriate sound bites for your interviews, like Crash does for Nuke in Bull Durham. It’s all about appearances. You’ll need the right words once you reach the top. Your readers don’t want to hear that you’re only in it for the money (they’re smart enough to know that). Your readers want to hear your sob story, your inspirational story, and your affinity for writing.
They say the truth hurts. In this case, it could only hurt your career.