“One doesn’t have to have a tortured soul to become a writer. Or rather, our souls don’t have to be tortured any more than most people’s souls are tortured.
Catastrophe or self-destructiveness is no prerequisite for the position. Nor need one be a drunk, a womanizer, or a victim of abuse.
If bad behavior or bad luck were essential ingredients of a writing life, our detox centers, prisons, and twelve-step programs would be full of writers.” (Alan Shapiro, Why write?, The Cincinnati Review)