This fascinating programme on Radio 4 (am I only inspired by things I hear on Radio 4? Eek, hope not) explores the idea that authors don't want to, or can't, 'write happiness'.
It reminded me that I've long held the view that to write, for example, a happy song is much more worthy than a sad song because the latter seem to come so much easier. The same goes for poetry and prose, it would seem, and I found Helen Simpson's comments at the end of this programme particularly interesting. I intend to read some of her short stories as soon as possible.
Maybe this is a challenge I could take up - can I 'write happiness'?
Watch this space.
BBC Radio 4 - Does Happiness Write White?