This is Part Two of a three-part series on writing. The series incorporates stated views of several well-known writers and their observations about the craft.
If yesterday’s topic piqued your interest in coaxing out your inner writer—and especially if it didn’t—you might be inspired by the words of noted writers of the last few centuries.
Given the opportunity to ask them why they write or what they get out of the writing process, this is what they would say. Perhaps at least one of these will appeal to you:
E.L. Doctorow – “Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.”
Lord Byron – “If I don’t write to empty my mind, I go mad.”
Kingsley Amis – “If you can’t annoy somebody, there is little point in writing.”
Jules Renard – “Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted.”
Gloria Steinem – “I do not like to write – I like to have written.”
Apparently, writing isn’t always deliberate for songwriter Joan Baez. I suspect other writers can relate to the inspiration she describes: “It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them. The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page.”
Tomorrow we will take tips from Mark Twain, Anton Chekhov, Stephen King and others as they describe their techniques for producing good written works.
In the meantime, I’ll ask anyone who cares to answer: Why do you write?