Ted Hughes' answered the question this way: "It's about trying to take fuller possession of the reality of your life."
Hmmm. I like it. But it seems too narrow a statement. And what the heck is "reality" anyway?
For me, writing is about survival. It's as essential as food and shelter. And I'm not the only one who feels this way.
Writing is also about discovery. How many times have I written something or expressed a thought/feeling I wasn't consciously aware of before finding it on the page?
Most of all, writing, for me, is about love. It's a way to love all there is to love in this glorious, fragile, fleeting experience we call life.
So maybe what's brilliant about Ted's statement is its narrowness. It allows writers like me to expand on the basic thought without rejecting it. I love when writers do stuff like that. :)
"It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death."