I am tired of writing to myself every day here. I wrote something for others for the first time in a while yesterday, and it felt so good. It felt like I was actually doing something good, not just navel gazing.
There’s a lesson in there somewhere.
Essentially, that it’s better to do something for others rather than simply for yourself.
When what we do is essentially for ourselves - even if its to fulfil personal ambition - and when our primary goal is self advancement, the work isn’t so good. And people can see it. Even if they don’t know they can.
If what we are doing is for others, without setting our own status of success as the primary goal, when we aren’t just working for ourselves, then it’s so much more rewarding.
I am not knocking private writing. In fact, I would always advocate it. But there has to be a balance with public writing to feel truly fulfilled as a writer.
And as with many things it seems, what is true in writing, is true also in life.