I have met writers who have told me that they 'have' to write, that writing to them is almost as necessary as breathing, an involuntary, un- deniable compulsion. Frequently I have wished to be like those writers. Nevertheless I'm not. I write because writing interests me. I can't say it's always 'fun', although sometimes that is the case. Generally, though, I find it is serious act, even when I p/lay with the mus(e)/ic of words.
Crate, Joan, Why I Write, Kunapipi, 16(1), 1994.