The secret to fiction is that the writer “turns from everything to one face…to find oneself face to face with everything,” as novelist Elizabeth Bowen put it.
Love is literature’s essential ingredient. If we writers can center ourselves in our love—for the subject matter, for the writing process, for the language, for the readers—then we’ve got it made.
Perhaps we writers love to write because we love loving, and we intuit that writing exercises this capacity.
If moral writing is “unmistakably and unsentimentally rooted in love,” bring it on!