There are some important lessons here. We all need to remember these words when we are frustrated as authors.
What are your words worth?
Seriously. When you publish something online, do other people care?
The answer is yes. And no. And it depends. Because, let’s be honest: a lot of people won’t ever read anything you write, and won’t feel like they’re missing out on anything. It’s not your fault. It’s just impossible to reach every single person on the planet in your lifetime.
I think too many writers base how “worthy” their work is on others’ opinions, comments, and various forms of reaction (or lack thereof).
Is that the digital age’s fault? Not necessarily. But the constant need for instant gratification and to be “noticed” online certainly hasn’t helped.
Listen. I’m a millennial. I got my first phone before starting high school. I’ve been on Facebook since I was 15. I’ve never lived in a world without the internet.
But being a writer in a digital environment means…
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