Writing is about play.
For me that's the most important part. It's the joyous fusion of words to make cool sentences and stories. The snout that sniffs after obsessions. It's about making shit up. It's about getting into someone else's head with the most elegant and inadequate tool we possess. It's about yelling, look at me! Before you tumble into a heap. It's about being the fool, and the oracle, and hoping that your stuff doesn't stink too badly.
Writing is about surprising yourself. It's a ship of verse, a rattling hearse with two flat tyres. It's sitting on your arse and typing till your fingers ache and your eyes burn. It's scrawling in notebooks on the bus.
It's the most terrifying thing I do.