You are never simply “unburdening” yourself.

If you see your work as “good enough” or as “good” or even as simply “mere scribbles” or even as a way to unburden yourself whether or not you are sharing that with others, as therapy or not, then none of it matters. They are simply words on the page and will go away. It makes no difference what you put there. And yes, nothing wrong with soap opera if you seek entertainment.

However, if you are genuinely attempting to achieve something with your work, then you owe that something to the reader and to any future reader, to any potential reader. The reader who sits somewhere in the back of your heart. Who drives your need to write. Because, in the end, this isn’t about you. And every great writer before you has understood this. Which is what has made them great.

You must set aside the idea that you have already accomplished something in order to open that door, even before you approach that door to greatness.

Possessor of Paul Newman eyes. Author of the straightforward & strange. “Women zai shuo ba.” Be useful; share what you can; help others always. Doctor of texts.

Possessor of Paul Newman eyes. Author of the straightforward & strange. “Women zai shuo ba.” Be useful; share what you can; help others always. Doctor of texts.