WRITING TIP: Forget the marketplace—for now or forever

In a culture that exhalts product and accomplishment over everything, writers naturally absorb this habit and think that “real” writing gets published and shared widely. That might be true for business books and how-to manuals, but when it comes to writing what is real and moving to us, nothing could be further than the truth. What gets written for the marketplace is often very different from what our deep selves are longing to articulate. As Ursula Leguin put it, “True work is done for the sake of doing it. What is to be done with it afterwards is another matter, another job. A story rises from the springs of creation, from the pure will to be; it tells itself; it takes its own course, finds its own way, its own words; and the writer’s job is to be its medium.”