Why do you write? For as long as I can remember, there’s been this voice inside my head telling me to write. It’s always been there, always something I’ve wanted to do. How did you come to writing? When I was 16, I won my first short story competition. When I told people that I…

Why do you write? It’s a strange one that. Why do people want to tell stories? Why do others want to paint pictures or chase a football around a field? All I know is that I started when I was a child and was completely hooked from that point. I can still remember the first…

Why do you write? That’s a really good question, and one I genuinely haven’t given much thought to. There probably isn’t one clear answer, but here are a few possibilities. I enjoy aspects of it – not every day, but there is pleasure in having written a sentence or chapter or character or book that…

Why do you write?  I write because I have to. The characters and stories are in my head and won’t give me any peace until I’ve written them. And the push I need to keep going after writing many books is the feedback from readers saying how much they have enjoyed them — it makes…

  Why do you write songs?  Honestly, for the most part I think it’s ego. I’ve always used songwriting as a bit of a self-exam to see how my skills as an instrumentalist and lyricist have progressed and to track my own progress in a tangible way. At times I’ve used it cathartically to go…

Why do you write? Because I think. I write it down because it’s fun to play with what I think. That’s quite serious. How did you come to writing? In desperation. Slowly. What were your greatest obstacles starting out? How did you overcome them? Ego. It survived fear and loathing. I still haven’t taken it…

How did I come to writing, and what drives me to write? Writers are always readers first, as I talk about in my 2015 publishing memoir Under Cover. I remember the excitement I felt back in grade seven at Brisbane’s Ironside State School when our inspirational young teacher (now the notorious Sydney shock-jock Alan Jones) read…

  Why do you write?  Because my head gets full of stories and it’s the only way to sleep at night. How did you come to writing? I loved stories so much that it was an obvious progression. What were your greatest obstacles starting out? How did you overcome them? Being terrible at writing was…

  Why do you write? It’s been a compulsion all my life. It just came out of nowhere as soon as I could talk, the urge to try to make words on paper, to tell stories using those words and images. On my website (simonhiggins.net) on the ‘About’ page, is a photograph my late mother…

Why do you write?  I write because the stories in my head need to be told and the best way for that to happen is for them to be written down. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t thinking up stories or jotting them down. It is as natural to me as breathing, a…

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