To the despairing writer

John C. Wright“If you only write one book in your whole life, and only sell 600 copies or less, nonetheless, I assure you, I solemnly assure you, that this book will be someone’s absolutely favorite book of all time, and it will come to him on some dark day and give him sunlight, and open his eyes and fill his heart and make him see things in life even you never suspected, and will be his most precious tale, and it will live in his heart like the Book of Gold. …

I write for that one reader I will never see, the one who needs just such a tale as I can pen, in just such a time and place, some rainy afternoon or dark hour, when providence will bring my book into his hands.

And he will open it, and it will not be a book, but a casement, from which he will glimpse the needed vision his soul requires of a world larger than our own, or a star in a heaven wider and higher than ours, a star aflame with magic more majestic than any star mortal astronomers can name.” John C. Wright

4 thoughts on “To the despairing writer”

  1. D.L. Finn says:

    That’s encouragement we all can focus on! Thanks for sharing, Mary!

    1. Mary Adler says:

      You’re welcome, Denise. I have posted it on my real actual wall in my office. 🙂

  2. Gwen Plano says:

    Beautifully stated! I write because I feel compelled to do so. Whether a handful or hundreds read my books, my hope is that they provide meaning or inspiration or a smile. Thank you for sharing Wright’s reflection.

  3. Mary Adler says:

    You’re welcome, Gwen. Your books are wonderfully inspiring!

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