I started to answer this question on fanthropology but it was getting long for a comment, so I turned it into an entry in my own journal. I've been writing X-Men movieverse fanfic for just over 5 years now. That's about 4.9 years longer than I thought I'd be doing it when I started.
I'd never heard of fanfic before October 2000, and when I found it (and slash, in particular) I was just fascinated by it and decided I'd like to give it a try. Here I am, still doing it all these years later. I'm working on an X2 series now, and have two X1 series waiting in the wings to be written. I hope to be inspired to write more by X3. It's the most enjoyable hobby I've ever had. I think it's worth reflecting on what I'm getting out of it. Like many other folks, I don't have one reason. Some of what I get from this fanfic enterprise is behind the cut.
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I'd love to hear from anyone on my flist who'd like to share why you write, or do whatever it is that you do in fandom.