l began writing because the itch to write was compulsive. I analyse it now IS an obsession with self-expression - something I was denied as a child. For me writing is a natural condition of existence, and very ofen an act of joy. Of course it can be painful, slow, and difficult at times, but it is always a labour of Jove.
Sidhwa, Bapsi, Why I Write, Kunapipi, 6(1), 1984.