We read for the same reason that we travel, socialise, listen to music, invent or create something. We read because we are addicted to the excitement that novelties can make us feel.
The need to explore and uncover new things is part of our essence. Possibilities drive our curiosity to experiment with physical things as well as abstract ideas. Good writing satisfies this craving for unusual discoveries that might tickle our fancy.
We read because we have the need to feel something, if not excitement, shock, fear, anger, even sadness will do.
Some of us are amazed by new factual information bits that science can provide. Others are attracted to sensational news reports. Most of us love to read real life or fictional stories; a distinguished few are touched by the unusual word order found in poetry.
These days information, news, stories, poetry, art and music are freely accessible on the internet. The written word has to compete with visual and audio media. This means that writers have to be more creative than ever before to satisfy their reader’s addiction for something fascinating. The challenge is to write something that has never been written before. Something that cannot be searched on google, something written by an writer who knows secret things.