What motivates us to create something? If you’re a painter, why do you paint? If you’re a chef, why do you experiment with new recipes? And if you’re a writer, why do you write?
There are many answers to these questions, of course. Perhaps you want to paint a beautiful scene, something that inspires you. Maybe you want to mix in various ingredients that, at first blush, do not seem to mesh but you strive to complement the yin with the yang. And maybe you want to write a personal essay, a brutally honest and difficult piece dealing with an old wound.
But what if you are seeking recognition from others? You want your painting to be showcased in a gallery. You want your recipe to be featured in a magazine. You want your novel to be the next big thing. What then? Before you begin, do you step back…
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