"I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious." Einstein
Occasionally I have a mini-crisis about being a writer. Why do I write? What do I particularly have to contribute? Of all the books in all the libraries and bookshelves in all the world why should someone read mine? (Hmmm, perhaps the only thing more self-indulgent than being a writer is angsting about being a writer.)
But I found the above quote from Einstein. It fits me well. I am just so intensely curious about my characters. I don't know where they come from. As I write I feel like a sculptor, chipping away the stone to find the true form concealed inside. I don't feel like an inventress, rather an enormous, well-meaning gossip.