Hi All I was really interested in the debate about self-publishing that we had, and some of the points of view in that thread got me thinking about the broader issue of what, exactly, is the point of writing and then publishing fiction? There appear to be a lot of answers - entertainment, generating some income, prestige, acknowledgement of effort, expression of things important to you, etc. But what is it that drives you to write fiction? Are you happy simply writing it, or must it be published for you to feel satisfied? If the latter would you be content with publishing it yourself or do you see it as pointless unless you are endorsed by a publishing house, and if so, what gives the commissioning editor the power to decree your work worthy? For my part, I write fiction because I like having unanticipated thoughts and ideas, which I find happens when I start writing scenes - they sort of write themselves. I admit that I don't care if my work entertains or not and I am not seeking the approval of anyone else when I write. As for publishing, I see no distinction between a professional publisher and self-publishing and don't see how it has any bearing on the work's final content, although I see how it might affect its popularity or distribution and so on. Anyone brave enough to admit they write just for money? Or more lofty motives? Anyone here self-published who feels disappointed they didn't have success or didn't bother with a professional publisher? Anyone here happy to write and never let anyone see it, and happy not even to attempt to publish it? Thanks!