Five Writers Answer: “Why Write?

“The aim of the artist is to arrest motion, which is life. A hundred years later, a stranger looks at it, and it moves again.”
William Faulkner

“I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.”
Flannery O’Connor

“Writing is a duty for me as a survivor.”
Elie Wiesel

“I find that process has started to become essential to me in my life, just as it is to take walks, to exercise, to eat, to rise a bicycle. It’s part of maintaining myself in the world,
of keeping myself healthy.”
David Leavitt

“I write; therefore, I am.”
Samuel Johnson

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