What led Walter Mosley, Jennifer Egan, Susan Orlean, Terry McMillan, Sebastian Junger and others to write? The reasons of a dozen writers — from the just-published collection ‘’Why We Write’’ — are honest, humorous and inspiring.
1. Jennifer Egan — ''A Visit from the Goon Squad'' "When I'm writing, especially if it's going well, I'm living in two different dimensions: This life I'm living now, which I enjoy very much, and this completely other world I'm inhabiting that no one else knows about . . . I don't think my husband can tell.'' Henny Ray Abrams/AP