It seems an odd thing to do. Sitting in a room, alone maybe, pecking away at a keyboard or scratching away with a pen or pencil. Maybe someone will read it. Maybe lots of people. Or maybe nobody reads it but you.
I know what I get out of it. It seems to touch parts of my brain that nothing else does. I get off on seeing something that would not exist if I hadn’t made it, even if it’s crap.
By this point it’s also a habit. It feels wrong not to do it, so here I am on break, pecking away for you 6 or 7 subscribers.
I read a book recently called Burn This Book: PEN Writers Speak Out on the Power of the Word, edited by Toni Morrison, whose work I love.
It is a bunch of prominent writers discussing why they write, in brief essay format. Authors include:
- Toni Morrison
- Salman Rushdie
- John Updike (he manages to be utterly un-annoying to me for once)
- Nadine Gordimer
- Orhan Pamuk
Highly recommended if you like to read what writers have to say about writing. Check out the reasons for writing from Burn This Book.
What do you get out of it, gang of a couple?