Mystery drive

The love of reading and writing and an intense curiosity about the world can help drive a person into journalism, but the desire to contribute to society—to right the wrongs and make things better—is often what keeps them there.

-Jim Willis The Mind of a Journalist

All writers are vain, selfish, and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives there lies a mystery. Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.

-George Orwell ‘Why I write’

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