That's something I get asked a lot by my none writing friends. Why do write? Aren't you little old to be making up stories?
Okay, number one: Too old? Care to ask Stephen King that same question!
As to the more serious point of why...well you will get a different answer from any writer you ask. You may even get the old stand by: "Because it isn't there" (I love clichés don't you?). The truth is that some of us just love to write. We have all of these wonderful worlds that we want to share with the world. Are we just hopeless dreamers? some of us are. yes. Are we wasting time that could be spent doing more "productive things"? Depends on how you define productive.
Too say that we don't provide some of value to society is so wrong that it's far beyond the scope of this particular rambling. Plus it's really bad for my blood pressure.
To be honest my reasons for writing are a little more than just wanted to tell my stories.
A major part of why I write is due to my stammer. When you can take a 30 seconds to utter a 10 second sentence you quickly learn to find other ways of communicating. Even though I came to terms with my stutter a long time ago I still get self conscious on occasion. Meeting new people is generally less than pleasant (that's why I keep all my friends in my computer ;-D ). To be honest I think it's more uncomfortable for my listeners these days than it has me. Something that my more sadistic side has taken some pleasure from MWAHAHAHAHA!
But when I write it's a different story. I can become the person that I hear when I speak, except now every one else can hear me as well. The pleasure you get from that feeling is greater than any high, legal or other, that will ever experience. This isn't restricted to writing of course. Anyone who does the job that they love will know what this feeling is like. When they can truly be who they are and share that with the world.
Why do I write?
Simply put, it makes me happy. But more importantly; It's who I am :-)