Why do you write? And before you say “because I have to,” let me also ask what your writing goals are. It seems to me that the questions are linked? And while I’m bundling questions, where do you see yourself taking your work in five years? Ten?
Email the answers to me or post in a comment below.
Here’s Scott Doyle’s answer:
Good one. I had to sit with that for a couple days.
“I think I write partly by default: feeling like I’ve fallen short or
flailed in other efforts. So I returned to something that earlier gave me
great pleasure. There are times when I know I’ve nailed a story or a moment
or a phrase, and it feels good to get something right.
“I’d also echo Mary in saying I like to write about what confuses me. I’ve
always bristled at the ‘write what you know’ axiom because, although surely
I draw on my experience, in the end I feel I write about what I don’t know.
So there’s the twin experience of getting something right; and at the same
time coming to terms with one’s confusion about the world, one’s bafflement
Thanks for asking.