Elizabeth Bowen On Writing

Elizabeth BowenElizabeth Bowen (7 June 1899 – 22 February 1973)

I am sure that in nine out of ten cases the original wish to write is the wish to make oneself felt. It’s a sign, I suppose, of life’s decreasing livableness as life that people should feel it possible to make themselves felt in so few other ways. The non-essential writer never gets past that wish.