I love writing because each story is like opening a golden door to the unknown.
I love its slipperiness, its unpredictability, the way it has taught me about life, about death, about people.
I love finding a new voice to write in. At first this voice is just a whisper, a shimmer inside your brain. But then the whisper grows and gains a power all of its own. And then you hear the voice even when youre washing the dishes or drifting off to sleep.
I love discovering new worlds, new characters that dont come from me but from somewhere out there, way out there from some place out of my control.
I love the way characters speak to you and tell you what they want. If one of your characters tells you that he has to die for the sake of the story, as happened in Little Paradise, then you have to kill him off even if it hurts.
I love the way writing digs up the past.
I love trawling the internet for a minute piece of information and coming out with so much more.
I love the way writing helps you sort yourself out. Want to get rid of emotional baggage? Then write about it. Burden your characters with it.
I love writing because I have met so many kind and wonderful people through it.