When you get the chance to meet a new friend, I would encourage you to do so. You never know when you will meet someone of interest, that could inspire you to be a better person. The only part of meeting new people is the uncomfortable "get to know me phase." Not to say I'm awkward, but it's hard for me to truly open up.
It usually starts off easy with an introduction of names and a shaking of hands. Then I prepare for the question. What question is that, you're asking. It's simple, what do you do for a living? Now I could easily get out of this question and tell them about my primary job, but what's the fun in that? That's not who I truly am. So I give my typical answer followed up by, "I write part-time." As soon as my lips are closed, you can see the judgement. "That's so hard to get into," or "You're probably wasting your time."
Why do I write?
I write because it is in my blood. My family has always been made up of story tellers. We sit around family functions and talk about times gone past. We talk about the crazy things that have happened to our family and dream about the crazy things left to happen. Dreaming is in my DNA.
I, also write to escape the troubled times of today's society. You have to admit, it's a scary world out there. I feel safer at home in front of my computer creating lovable characters and adventures then I do going grocery shopping. Paralyzing fear of danger has inspired some interesting characters through out my stories.
Writing is not a waste of time. It is time well spent. While I write, I'm inspired by my family in a safe place. So if you ever feel the need to ask an author why they write, the real question is, "Why don't I write?"