Saturday, November 8, 2008

Why I Write

I posted this comment on Ger Brennan's excellent CSNI a while ago and thought I could lazily blog it here too:
I was at a book reading once and an elderly man asked me "why I write?" I was younger then and I gave him a long and heartfelt answer. I told him that writing for me was a way of connecting with people, a way of expressing my deepest feelings and my love of words and that it was perhaps an attempt to create something that would transcend this brief of moment time, a literary or psychological truth that might, if I was lucky, resonate across the ages - he looked at me blankly for a second and said "I was asking for the way out."