Why do writers want to write?

Like many other teenagers around the country, my daughter is about to sit her English Higher exam. It is proving to be a bit of a trauma.

I’m trying to help, but I have to admit to finding it a bit of a puzzle, as I simply don’t remember worrying about English exams at all. I loved to write. I still do. Maths, on the other hand, was a complete nightmare.

Given that most people don’t make a lot of money out of writing, I’m pretty sure that love of the craft is one of the main reasons that writers write. But it is not the only one. Continue reading