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The question is fundamentally wrong. The world is so much better off without those 81% of Americans writing their books. There is already so much irresponsible nonsense published among those 300,000 books per year, so much paper wasted, so much time burned (on the side of the readers and the writers). I would say It isn’t necessarily how you feel about what you write that determines whether or not you keep going, it is actually what you write. If you don’t have anything valuable to tell the world, something that actually does some good for the other human beings, not just being therapeutic for your ego, I don’t see why you have to waste your time and other people’s time with a book.

Now, it may be crushing to think you are living this life and even at the end of it you probably won’t have anything worthy of reading to offer to this world that can stay as a legacy after you. The reality is that if you don’t have anything worthy to offer, writing a book won’t change much. In the best case people will read it (if at all) and then forget it. In other words, the bullshit filter of time, the one that distinguishes the classics from the mundane, will probably filter out your work. So, what’s the deal about publishing? Except wasting energy and resources? Just get those 15 minutes of fame in an easier way…

Now, if you do think you have something worthy of reading to offer to your fellow human beings, then you must write. It is almost a duty. You have no duty to go big on it, though. It is not the audacity that has made the great works great. But it is the polished nature of the work, both in form and content, that makes a literary work great. And God forbid that we take Robbins as an example here. He may be good at some stuff, but he is a terrible writer that everybody will forget a generation from now. Think about Salinger instead. The question is, do you think you can bring us the next “The Catcher in the Rye”. If you think so, then please write, push the barriers, and don’t get put off by the critics — they will come to their senses one day and will recognize your work.