My fav. interview answer by William Styron

To sort of round this out, we’d like to ask finally what might sound like a rather obvious question. That is, what should be the purpose of a young writer? Should he, for instance, be engagé, not concerned as much with the story aspects of the novel as with the problems of the contemporary world?
It seems to me that only a great satirist can tackle the world’s problems and articulate them. Most writers write simply out of some strong interior need, and that, I think, is the answer. A great writer, writing out of this need, will give substance to, and perhaps even explain, all the problems of the world without even knowing it, until a scholar comes along one hundred years after he’s dead and digs up some symbols. The purpose of a young writer is to write, and he shouldn’t drink too much. He shouldn’t think that after he’s written one book he’s God Almighty and air all his immature opinions in pompous interviews. Let’s have another cognac and go up to Le Chapelain.