I was once asked this question by a newspaper. It is a very hard question
to answer - once you have put aside things like 'earning a living'
and 'you make your own hours' or in my case 'half hours'. Then I thought
a little further - about why I choose to do this and came up with
the following .
It is in the nature of every child to play - unless hungy or sick
- and when I was young I used to like playing farms - setting out
the toy animals, ducks on a round mirror pond, and the farmer and
his wife, maybe one day face to face, the next day with their backs
to each other. Making up a world, moving people within it. Even
commentating aloud about what the various people or animals are
doing, as they do it.
Writing is perhaps the grown up version of this activity - a way
of trying to make sense of a difficult world.