Motives for creative expression

There are four great motives for writing (or for any other creative behavior):

  1. Sheer egoism
  2. Aesthetic enthusiasm
  3. Historical impulse (to record)
  4. Political Purpose in its broadest sense, a desire to push the world in a certain direction, to alter people’s ideas of the kind of society they should strive for.

George Orwell, The Decline of the English Murder and Other Essays

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