Recently, I answered these questions posed by The Author's Guild on why writing is so important to me.
I guess I will be the first to comment! I'm on my lunch break from day job here. ;o)
Why is writing important to you and why do you think it's an important medium for the world?
Writing provides an opening for dialogue and provides a way for alternative viewpoints to be heard.
Discussion of nuance, voices of the people etc... We hear too much of the same messages all the time and its very polarized, we need more diverse voices and points of view.
What are your tried and tested remedies to cure writer's block?
As you said, just write. Also, for me, if I am feeling miserable, maybe take a break. I work full-time and do not want writing to become drudgery or it will ruin the experience for me (and probably the writing).
What is your favorite time to write?
On the weekend when I am liberated from my professional responsibilities. In bad weather, when I feel less guilty about being indoors.
What's the best piece of writing advice you've ever received and would like to impart to other writers?
To keep a balance between listening to others' advice about writing and yet stay true to my own style, a delicate balance.
What excites you most about being a writer in today's age?
The ability to connect in many ways with an audience, though this is fairly overwhelming to contemplate as well!
Look forward to reading others take on the questions!