"The palest ink is better than the best memory." ~ Chinese Proverb
Ah yes, the written word certainly has this advantage going for it.
I know we all write for different reasons. And sometimes we change why we write or may incorporate multiple motivations.
Do you write for yourself? For the future? For Profit? For relaxation? For Self discovery? For fame? For self expression? What motivates you the most in your writing? I'd love to hear from others on this.