Five Great Quotations about Why We Must Write

“Why do writers write? Because it isn’t there.” – Thomas Berger

“All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery. Writing a book is a long, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” – George Orwell

“One hasn’t become a writer until one has distilled writing into a habit, and that habit has been forced into an obsession. Writing has to be an obsession. It has to be something as organic, physiological and psychological as speaking or sleeping or eating.” – Niyi Osundare

“Writing is its own reward.” – Henry Miller

“We do not write because we want to; we write because we have to.” – Somerset Maugham