At the risk of being overly opinionated at 4:30 am, it’s hard for me to agree with anyone who creates art solely for mass approval. I write books, articles, and blog posts because I believe in what I’m writing. I derive an immense internal satisfaction from good prose and have for years.
In the din of our times, it’s easy for things to get lost in a near-constant stream of information. We just don’t have time to read everything that we’d like.
Yet, on occasion, you reach someone with your words–and it feels great.
This happened to me this morning with Wayne Hurlbert’s review of my book.
Do I need constant validation? No, and I never have. At the same time, though, it’s just an amazing feeling when something that you created finds an appreciative audience, no matter how large. I suspect that musicians, actors, artists, and other writers feel the same way.
By the way, I’ll be appearing on Wayne’s show tonight.
What makes you create?