The Saturday Writing Quote: Why Write?

“The impulse to write things down is a peculiarly compulsive one, inexplicable to those who do not share it, useful only accidentally, only secondarily, in the way that any compulsion tries to justify itself.”
— Joan Didion, American novelist and essayist, b. 1934

“This is my answer to the gap between ideas and action – I will write it out. In the way that is natural to me. There I will dare anything.”
— Hortense Calisher, American novelist, 1911-2009