This was my very first assignment when I began the Minor in Writing program at the University of Michigan. I was part of the first cohort to move through the minor, the pilot class. This seemed like an appropriate first assignment and a good introduction to the course. What I found was that it was 100 times more difficult than I had ever imagined. We had been reading some contextual pieces in class, namely Joan Didion’s and George Orwell’s “Why I Write.” I was deeply bothered by the conclusion that both of them had come to about writing: that writing was a deeply selfish act. My attempt at a “why I write” is about trying to reconcile that conclusion. This piece is actually the inspiration for the theme of my portfolio.