I watched the interview last night on ABC with Jennifer Byrne and JK Rowling about Rowling’s latest novel; The Casual Vacancy.
Interestingly, Rowling said the main reason writers write is to have a conversation with readers. She admitted that her writing has been therapeutic for her during difficult periods of her life. It gave her something positive to focus on but said writers ultimately kid themselves that they are writing for themselves. After all, many people would ask why she’s still writing after the huge success with Harry Potter? The more appropriate question, for her, is why did she still want to publish? She had a personal need to write but financially didn’t need to publish any more books. Ultimately, she wanted to connect with readers.
Or is the compulsion to write, as Jules Kane’s brain studies revealed, because writers have an overactive right brain hemisphere?
Writers, I’m interested to know what you think. Any experts of neuroscience and writing, writing for therapy or the psychology of writing out there with an opinion?