Words of wisdom from me to you so listen up, folks.
Here are some reasons why you shouldn't write a story.
Because it's cool.
Because somebody told you to.
Because it's a hot genre right now.
Because you feel like you have to.
Because it was prophesied in the books of old.
Because it'll sell really well.
Because it needs to be said.
Because it's a topic that someone needs to address.
Because somebody told you you should totally make that into a book.
Because the plot bunny has taken control of your mind and body and forced you to open up that Word Document and you will neither eat nor sleep until the story has been set down in stone.
Because you need to write something better, something literary, something smart.
Because it's good enough to be published.
Because it's good.
Because maybe there's somebody out there who needs to read it.
Because you have to have something to write for Camp NaNo.
Because it's your dream to be a starving artist/drunk writer type.
Because somebody really talented/a friend/an author you admire did something in that style/genre/with that plot line and you should totally do something like that now because clearly it's good and interesting.
Because you have a message to spread,
Because you can't write actual poetry,
Because somebody told you you couldn't write.
Here is a reason why you should write a story:
Because you want to.