I ask this because, after some experimentation, I have encountered difficulties writing my own fiction. This is strange to me. I love to read, am well versed in written word, and possess (what I hope is) a creative mind. In fact, what I have written is good. (Or so I believe.) That said, I find that I am only writing when I make myself write. To a certain point this is to be expected. Writing is hard, writing is work, and more than anything writing is nerve wracking, like stripping yourself naked, and while sometimes I am caught in the joy of creation, it is seldom enough to make me write past my prescribed amount. The fact that I never want to keep writing, that I never feel a sense of excitement as I approach my keyboard (it's usually trepidation), suggests to me that while I may love the product of others' labors, it may not be a good career path for myself. I have only written short stories, thus far, and will write a novel over the next few months before I make a decision. What I'm really interested in talking about isn't the pieces required to be an author. I have them all--or most of them--and I can tell you they don't fit. I want to know what it is about a fiction writer's psyche that drives them to the creation of story lines, what it is that can keep them glued to their chairs for hours on end, with the same fascination that I get from reading another's work. I would love to hear some of your opinions on this.