I write because in general I don't like who I am. When I create a character I make them everything I am not and I become them. I can do everything I have every wanted to do and be whoever I want to be.
Maybe it comes from acting. Taking on a completely different personality and forgetting everything I am worrying about is such a release.
I also write because I crave adventure. It's also one of the reasons I read. To be transported to another world where I can do whatever I want to do is a magical idea for me. The idea that whenever I pick up a pen I can go anywhere and anytime I want is so appealing.
I write to escape.