Probably the most asked question in the writing game, after “How do I get an agent” and “How do you get your ideas” is “Why do you write?” It should be the first question all writers ask of themselves. I’ve been writing since I wrote my first creative writing assignment in 5th grade. That was in 1969, over 50 years ago. I’ve considered myslf a professional writer since I began writing my first mystery and science fiction short stories for submission to magazines in New York. That was in 1982.