2016_July_Kandinsky“Writing is neither a happy nor an unhappy occupation—it is something between. It is a second life.”

—Ismail Kadare

Thought-provoking words from the talented Albanian author Ismail Kadare.

Writing is a type of second life for authors who have an imaginary word in their heads, with their characters speaking to one another, acting out possible scenarios, and generally causing chaos within the author’s confused mind.

And that does become kind of a second life, doesn’t it? As family and friends of writers often comment – their thoughts are somewhere far away in some imaginary world.

What do you think, authors? Do you agree with Kadare? Is writing your second life?