Selfish

Quality vs. QuantityWe, artists, make art for ourselves just as much as we do to please someone. Or everyone. And we also make art because we can, because we feel like it, because we’re bored or tired or we just want o make something beautiful. We make art for a million different reasons.

Sadly, I don’t write for you, whoever you may be. And even sadder, I don’t really give a damn what you think about my stories or essays or even blog posts. That’s how things go. I write for myself, I write because it’s the one thing that makes me happy, no matter how cold it is outside.

Let me tell you one thing. If you keep wondering whether people will like your art, if you believe that others have to validate you as an artists, you’ll never be free to do what you want. As an artist, of course.

It’s quite simple. Art for art’s sake, like they say. Art because it matters to you, not because you hope it would matter to someone else.

And yes, it’s never as simple as that, and I’m sure there are at least a dozen posts on this blog about the importance of finding an audience, of finding true fans, and all that. I remember writing that you can’t call yourself a writer unless you’re being read, I remember writing that we write hoping for our words to matter to someone other than ourselves, but in the end, we shouldn’t care and it shouldn’t be a requirement for one to be an artist.

“There is no part of me that feels that I represented myself as your children’s babysitter or their teacher. I was always, I think, completely honest. I’m a writer, and I will write what I want to write.” J.K. Rowling

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4 thoughts on “Selfish

  1. “Art because it matters to you, not because you hope it would matter to someone else.” –Christian Mihai

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank youuuu! For writing this one! Reading your blog (the other one) often makes me think that maybe blogging is not for me. Regardless, I enjoy your short stories and take your advice on writing (in general). No doubt you have lots of great posts. But this one will always be my favorite. Best wishes.

  2. Thank you for sharing this, it is indeed a good reminder of why I am primarily doing this. But having people read, like and respond to what you produce is a just an amazing bonus! Sx 🙂

  3. Love it! To be an artist is to be free…kinda schmaltzy, but in the end seems true. Like the bag lady in NYC dancing in the street. My hero!

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