Alice Hoffman from the New York Times:
It is the deepest desire of every writer, the one we never admit or even dare to speak of: to write a book we can leave as a legacy. And although it is sometimes easy to forget, wanting to be a writer is not about reviews or advances or how many copies are printed or sold. It is much simpler than that, and much more passionate. If you do it right, and if they publish it, you may actually leave something behind that can last forever.
I think Alice Hoffman is right: leaving a legacy is a deeply personal human desire, and writing is an expression of that desire. Putting words on paper and arranging them just so helps us make sense of our emotions and our lives, helps us move forward and understand more fully. I have journals and stories dating back to high school which, when I read them now, give me a window into the mind of the (much) younger me. Whether or not they are published is not nearly so important as the fact that they were written. Within our hearts are vast countries yet to be explored.
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