Eric Blair (George Orwell) was an English author famed for writing such works as Animal Farm and 1984. He was also a literary critic, journalist and essayist who was strongly opposed to totalitarianism in all its forms.
His essay, “Why I Write,” written in 1946 takes a look at his life, what lead him to writing and most importantly for this segment the four key factors that motivate writers and storytellers in their craft: egoism, aesthetic enthusiasm, historical impulse, and political purpose. In this day and age, I would add “money” to the mix as a great deal of copy is written exclusively for the purpose of advertising and marketing – Ursula Guin could tell you all about that.
Read the essay, its a fantastic perspective on storytelling from one of the modern masters of the craft. While you’re at it, you should hop over to YouTube and take a look at this piece that BBC did on George Orwell, it’s a fantastic look behind the veil.
Since I couldn’t embed that video, I’ve left you with a trailer from the film adaptation of one of his most famous books, 1984.