I have a post up on The Story Prize Blog.
What keeps you going?
I like this question more than the more common “why do you write?”—that one brings on the urge to delve into the past, to rummage out from memory old books and kindly first readers. It optimizes for twinkly-lights nostalgia. Not always unwelcome! But the question of why one keeps going looks to the future. And there is some kinship between writing and the future, however often words are settled in their comfy past tenses, dealing with subjects now long dead.