John Fowles quote on why we write

I found this quote in ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’ and thought it was interesting. Food for thought maybe
“…novelists write for countless different reasons: for money, for fame, for reviewers, for parents, for friends, for loved ones; for vanity, for pride, for curiosity, for amusement: as skilled furniture makers enjoy making furniture, as drunkards like drinking, as judges like judging, as Sicilians like emptying a shotgun into an enemy’s back. I could fill a book with reasons…..”
It started me thinking about all the different reasons there are for writing and why we enjoy it so much. I’ve obviously got too much time on my hands. Far too much thinking going on.

6 thoughts on “John Fowles quote on why we write

    1. You probably just need to know the right Sicilian people! I know a few who do not shoot people in the back. Maybe there’s a new trend?

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