you mentioned musicianship. Most musicians/artists play cuz they are driven to play. There is no expectation of fame or grandeur. And, the better they get, the more humble they become. I have some experience here.
Wondering out loud — if writers did not expect instant viral gratification, would we see so many listicles or ‘agree with me’ articles? For its own sake, your work grapples with catharsis. I appreciate that.