One Man's Take On Why We Really Write
'We write because our children aren't interested in us. We address ourselves to an anonymous world because our wives plug their ears when we speak to them. Graphomania is not a mania to write for oneself or one's close relations, but a mania to have a public of unknown readers. Graphomania inevitably takes on epidemic proportions when a society develops to the point of creating three basic conditions: 1). An elevated level of general well-being, which allows people to devote themselves to useless activities. 2). A high degree of social atomization and, as a consequence, a general isolation of individuals. And 3). The absence of dramatic social changes in the nation's internal life.'
--Author Milan Kundera