My first (of four) majors in college was literature. I wanted to be a writer, but not because I thought I had anything interesting to say. It was purely because I was in love the beatnik ideal, with locking myself in a room and drinking myself to death for the craft. After a short while, I realized that no matter how much booze I consumed, and how much I starved myself, unless I had something to say, I probably wasn't going to get very far. Thus, I switched.