Or is it, as I suspect, more an outflowing of something which cannot be denied.
Ideally, yes. That’s mostly the case for me – the payoff is in the writing itself. But I don’t believe it’s an either/or proposition, and I do think there are a lot of people who are more interested in being writers than in writing.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thanks also to Hapax Legomenon back on the 6th, whose thoughtful remarks should have elicited at least an appreciative murmur from me. Sorry about that. I especially liked the last part:

US copyright law discourages people from explicitly acknowledging inspirations. T.S. Eliot’s Wasteland footnotes simply facilitated the filing of infringement lawsuits.

I am especially wary of the tendency of people to disguise homage to originating works as a way to avoid copyright entanglements.