I write as an emotional release, and because I believe I have quality stories to tell. I write about things that affect me and the types of characters and situations I believe need to be represented more. I also, of course, enjoy the validation when a reader loves my work and it has positively affected them in some way.
I write hubs about my other passions that I normally don't get to write about. I always have ideas about music and games to share that I normally don't take the time to because I don't get much out of it...until now, when I can get paid for it. So Hubpages lets me write about things I normally don't get to while helping my income on the side.