A friend asked me, "If it's not for money then why do you write?"
It would be foolish to say that 'money is not important' but can that and should that be, the only reason for doing anything?
Writing I suppose is like playing golf.
One really doesn't play for money or against an opponent, but for oneself against oneself. Attempting to improve oneself from the previous day. Meaning that one should write for one's own sake and for oneself, improving with each piece in clarity, brevity, impact and pleasure.
If I write something nice, correct or agreeable, I get a decent number of replies providing me some new learning.
If I wish to learn something more, I have to only make or plant an error. Then I am bombarded with criticism, corrections and different perspective.
I suppose like men can usually never resist a bad girl, it is difficult for readers to resist a writer who in their opinion needs correcting and learning.
Because of my writing, I have found several teachers, discovered some students, and befriended many, in this insanely wonderful world.
Every day offers an opportunity to share good wishes. Today is special because it is the new year day for the vast majority of Indians. I send you greetings and good wishes.