20 Writers on Why They Write

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During the 2013 New Yorker Festival, the acclaimed dystopian author George Saunders sat down with fiction editor Deborah Treisman to talk about how a geophysical engineer became a New York Times bestselling author. It got us thinking: With so many authors declaring how writing is a long and painful process, why do writers put down pen to paper in the first place? Filled with passion, honesty, and artistic neuroses, we’ve gathered some of our favorite why-they-write declarations.

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