I started writing as an escape from reality (as I'm sure most have.) I started to make my own friends through words on a loose leaf of paper. People were never kind to me so I started making my 'friends' brutally murder antagonists with similar traits as the people who have done me wrong. Also, I was fourteen when my mother said "quit playing with your imagination, your too old for that." So with that and isolation I started forming my own little worlds, war, horror, insanity, love and various others. I never really had a theme in each story until this year, I always just gave details and a place for my characters to be and 'act'
So I write because; imagination has been my sweetest friend since I could walk and think straight. It is a strong passion and a fantastic way to escape everyone's crap and express my thoughts and feelings!
I originally got into writing because of a crush I had in high school. What kept me writing after I got turned down was the inspiration I got from listening to Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band's "Trout Mask Replica." Captain Beefheart's surreal, offbeat lyricism was like something from another galaxy to me, and I wanted to write stuff in that surreal vein as well. The more I learned about classic literature and the more I listened to literate music like Talking Heads & Tom Waits, the more I became engrossed in experimenting with my writing.
I keep writing because it's a great way for me to paint the kind of pictures I wouldn't normally be able to literally paint/draw. As corny as this may sound, it's an extension of who I am as a person and I wouldn't give it up for the world.
I started because friends started, then stopped because my parents first reaction was 'what kind of shit are you writing' (they later said they hadn't even read it and were annoyed that I deleted it). I started again, because friends started, and continued to spite my parents. Then I started writing (again) because I was bored. I've had so many reasons, I couldn't keep count and I don't know why I write now.