The poet's trade, the writer's trade, is a strange one. Chesterton said: "Only one thing is needful--everything." To a writer this everything is more than an encompassing word; it is literal. It stands for the chief, for the essential, human experiences. For example, a writer needs loneliness, and he gets his share of it. He needs love, and he gets shared and also unshared love. He needs friendship. In fact, he needs the universe. To be a writer is, in a sense, to be a day-dreamer--to be living a kind of double life.
Jorge Luis Borges, "The Writer's Apprenticeship", Borges on Writing, p 163.