I ran across this interesting quote from Thomas Merton. It’s comforting, especially when my writing doesn’t seem to be going well, or my statistics aren’t what I’d like them to be, or any of the myriad of things that can go wrong with writing happen.
“If you write for God you will reach many men and bring them joy. If you write for men–you may make some money and you may give someone a little joy and you may make a noise in the world, for a little while. If you write for yourself, you can read what you yourself have written and after ten minutes you will be so disgusted that you will wish you were dead.”
–Thomas Merton, quoted by Joe Bunting on thewritepractice.com/this-question/
It’s not about what I can do, or the number of people I can reach.
It’s not about me.