Ruth in Amy Tan’s book The Bonesetter’s Daughter sort of sums up our human state right now. All of us perhaps feel this way—

‘Sometimes I feel like I’m a pair of eyes and ears, and I’m just trying to stay safe and make sense of what’s happening. I know what to avoid, what to worry about. I’m like those kids who live with gunfire going off around them. I don’t want pain. I don’t want to die. I don’t want to see other people around me die. But I don’t have anything left inside me to figure out where I fit in or what I want. If I want anything, it’s to know what’s possible to want.’

Why Write If You are not going to be Published?

English: Caricature of British novelist W. Som...
English: Caricature of British novelist W. Somerset Maugham (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Portrait of William Somerset Maugham
Portrait of William Somerset Maugham (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As a writer, reading the following lines from The Moon and Sixpence gave me some solace:

“The moral I draw is that the writer should seek his reward in the pleasure of his work and in release from the burden of his thoughts; and, indifferent to aught else, care nothing for praise or censure, failure or success.”—W Somerset Maugham