Simon C. Larter (whom I love to tease) posted the following on Facebook:
I will consider it an honor if someday the words I write make someone feel less alone in the world. Everyone should have the chance to feel understood.
Which made me think for a minute. And my thought was that, honestly, I don't write to make other people feel less alone. I write to make myself feel less alone. Telling you guys that my dogs woke me up at 5 a.m. as I sit in this dark and silent house makes me feel less alone. Taking the crucial moment in my protagonists' relationship and posting it on the Internet and reading "Oh, how sweet. I loved it!" makes me feel less alone.
I write so I can be understood. I want my readers to understand all those things that burn inside of me, which can only be explained through story because no one would ever actually sit down and listen to me explain them over coffee. Heck, I wouldn't even listen to them over coffee because without story, they're boring! Meaning themes and such. Who likes discussing themes? Yuck. But when the hero's world is falling apart and he has to choose between what he wants to do and what he is supposed to do, suddenly theme is fascinating.
Perhaps I'm selfish. I want to be understood.
And let's face facts: Nobody understands writers. Except other writers. Which is why we are all here on the Internet, pouring our hearts out and complaining about dogs and writer's block and such.
Simon, I admire your generosity of spirit and believe you will succeed. How about a group hug?
Nah. Pass the vodka.