I don't need the money. I have already had a successful career that has provided my wife and me a comfortable retirement. I write first because I enjoy writing -- it keeps the neurons in my brain active. Crafting a good story with interesting characters takes a lot of thought and is great exercise for that brain. Secondly, I write, as I suspect many of you do, because you want someone or something to bear witness to the fact that you lived, and nothing fills this need better than seeing yourself in print. Granted, if money comes our way because others like our writing and buy our books, that is a big plus, but for me, the affirmation is what counts. I want to be remembered for something other than what I did in my "normal" life -- and so I write. How about you?