It is the task of the writer to become … a person on whom nothing is lost. What is put into the care of such a person will be well tended. Such a person can be trusted to tell the stories she is given to tell, and to tell them with the compassion that comes when the self’s deepest interest is not in the self, but in turning outward and into awareness.
~ Jane Hirshfield, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry
“So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters, and whether it matters for ages or only for hours, nobody can say.”
~ Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own