There are as many motivations for writing and explanations as to why people write as there are writers. These six work well for me.
I don’t see playwriting, or any type of writing as a religion. But there is a certain path, a certain spiritual feeling (in the sense of the soul) . Writing makes me a whole person. It’s my thing.
To that end, I present this interesting post from Francisco Stork who applies the six ‘perfections’ of Buddhism to writing: Giving (or generosity), patience, ethical discipline, enthusiastic (or joyful) effort, concentration and wisdom.
It gives me, well hell, a sense of peace to think of writing as a spiritual path. And I love the notion of Joyful effort. Writing isn’t always fun but there is always joy. :)