Friday, May 4, 2007

Why We Do That Thing We Do, Part L Famous People

Matt Curran set this particular hare a-running over on his blog, and I plan to dodge it for a moment because I've got a fever and am thinking none-too-straight (otherwise I would never have perpetrated a mixed metaphor such as 'dodging a hare'. Though it's not impossible, I suppose. In fact, the hare would probably happily dodge you.)

For the moment I'll take the lazy way out (cf. the first citation below) and lay down a few quotes from other writers about why they write:

All writers are vain, selfish, and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives there lies a mystery. – George Orwell

If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it. – Toni Morrison

If I don't write to empty my mind, I go mad. – Lord Byron

First, try to be something else, anything else. –Lorrie Moore

It is impossible to discourage the real writers - they don't give a damn what you say, they're going to write.
– Sinclair Lewis

Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.
– E.L. Doctorow

Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted.
– Jules Renard

It’ll get rid of all those mood swings you’ve been having
– Ray Bradbury

...there was nothing else I was made to do. – Stephen King

Because I’m good at it. – Flannery O’Connor

I wish I could say that Flannery's answer summed up my own, but almost any other quote on the list comes closer.


Faye L. Booth said...

I can't answer that question without sounding like a schizophrenic or a pretentious luvvie.

(BTW, you've been tagged!)

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David Thayer said...

I was briefly a hod-carrier. You pick up a stack of rebar from a flatbed, carry it to a foundation and drop it.
Then you get another stack of rebar.
My boss sat in a broken lawn chair with a wet rag on his forehead. He wanted to be a writer.

David Isaak said...

Well, I have to admit that Faye managed to Stump the Chump with "luvvie", and I had to resort to (it was Cate Sweeney who first drove me to it, what with 'blag' and 'mardy' and the rest. Indispensible.)

David Isaak said...

David, I'm pretty sure I worked for exactly the same guy. Except that by the time I worked for him, his aspirations had been lowered to being The Guy Who Doesn't Have to Get Out of the Chair.

I'm about to TAG you (see Faye's post, above).