The Six Motives of Creativity: Mary Gaitskill on Why Writers Write | Kreativitätsdenken | Scoop.it

The art of integrating the ego and the impulse for empathy in a dynamic call and response.

Why do writers — great writers — write? George Orwell attributed it to four universal motives. Joan Didion saw it as access to her own mind. For David Foster Wallace, it was about fun. Michael Lewis ascribes it to the necessary self-delusions of creativity. Joy Williams found in it a gateway from the darkness to the light. For Charles Bukowski, it sprang from the soul like a rocket. Italo Calvino found in writing the comfort of belonging to a collective enterprise. For Susan Orlean, it comes from immutable love......