George Orwell started writing at a young age because he was "lonely" and never fit in at school. He often made up stories and held conversations with imaginary "friends". He states that he knew he had a way with words and power of facing unpleasant facts, and he felt that it created a private world for himself. George wrote his very first poem at about age six. Basically George would write to express himself and to escape from the feelings and emotion of the outside world.