"Why do writers write?
Because it isn't there."
Thomas Berger

That sounds about right. Mountaineers climb mountains because the mountains are there to climb. Writers first make mountains of molehills, then devise ways to climb them, and then hope it's a climb someone else will have thought worth the effort -- and writers do this whilst living always with one ear out for the person who looks at the entire project and then cries, "Molehill! Molehill!"

(Can you tell I'm facing a real writing project at the moment? This is not like pushing rope - it's like BEING rope, and trying to coax, cajole, induce, force, and otherwise move one's own strong yet stringy SELF up a hill.)

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