I'm reading enough / enough's bubbling up that at some point it becomes a flow, and then you just channel it onto the page.
the trouble with putting weight on your "natural" abilities like this, "you have to be obsessed" etc, is that you ignore the fact that a good deal of your environment is dedicated to not inspiring you to care about any of these things whatsoever.The other one that gets me is people saying you have to have something you want to say, you have to want to write. if I give that any thought at all then I realise I have nothing to say and don't care about writing.
- IbsenWhile I was writing Brand I had standing on my desk an empty beer glass with a scorpion in it. From time to time the creature became sickly; then I used to throw a piece of soft fruit to it, which it would then furiously attack and empty its poison into; then again it grew well again. Is there not something similar to that about us poets?
well i dont know i think some people do get persuaded just at the age of two or three or whatever. or rather they dont get talked out of it. one way of looking at it is i had encouraging parents who patted me on the head when i did a drawing and so on, and after long enough you develop enough of an attachment to that dopamine affirmation so that if you stop making something which feels at least mildly life affirming in the way drawing or making music or falling in love might, you will get the junk sick withdrawal feeling that some people would describe as the Need To Write.I don't think you can persuade yourself to be a writer or a musician or whatever, it's more of an instinctive reaction to being so into listening to music or reading books that you feel like "I have to try that". Or perhaps you happen to try it and you find you love doing it. I think the greatest writers have something to say/express but it wasn't having something to say/express that got them into it, if ya smell me.