I came across this great quote about writing from Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and recently, How to Lose Her.
“Any kind of accolade, any kind of praise, that’s just provisional. If you’re serious about participating, if you’re serious about writing and reading, you know that what you’re really doing is trying to build a relationship with a reader—with a reader you will never meet and never see. You want a book to last longer than the fireworks of people saying, ‘Oh, you’ve done well, son. Good job.’ Really great art has to last. You never know if you’ve done really great art. There are plenty of people who were praised in their day that we don’t read anymore at all.”
So true. And so very intimidating as I approach this next book. Sigh…
Enjoy your weekend!