why she wrote

“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.”

– Joan Didion


If you had to have one job, for the rest of your life, and you had to do it for free…what would it be?

It’s a basic enough question. One The Euro is always putting to people who complain to him about their work, who hate their jobs, who stress and second guess their chosen profession. And whenever they give him an answer his reply is always the same. “So, do it.”

Just like Joan, I adapted Orwell’s essay a few years ago. Looking back, my reasons sound pretty superficial. I should rewrite it; but I won’t. I’ll just do a giant strikethrough and add this instead:

I write because it comforts me to do so. It’s as simple and as complex as that. What about you?

Why do you write?

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