A Reminder: Why I Should Create

Sometimes, you don’t need to come up with your own blog post. Sometimes, you just need to get caught up on your John Green videos. (Hopefully my embed kung fu is strong, and this video will start at the 51 second mark. If not, that’s where the clip’s pertinent bits begin.)

And if you’re not in video-watching mode, here’s the most pertinent of the pertinent bits: we should do things “not for glory and least of all for profit, but to create out of the materials of the human spirit something which did not exist before.” That’s Faulkner, quoted by John, and now quoted by me, which I think may cancel out the entire sentence so that it will have never been spoken.

Hey, here’s something another writer said in his memoirs:

The closest thing to poetry is a loaf of bread or a ceramic dish or a piece of wood lovingly carved, even if by clumsy hands. – Pablo Neruda, Nobel Prize-winning poet

If I’m going to write, it should be to create something for someone. Stop worrying about end results. Stop worrying if so-and-so will like it – write it because I like it, and write it for the people who like it as well.

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