I think most of us who write, paint, or create harbour a wish (or a hope?) to achieve success by selling our work to the masses. I mean, who wouldn't want that?
But if you're trying to make your art appeal to the masses, what happens to it? Chasing the next hit song. Writing the next Stephanie Plum. Photoshopping the next Hang In There, Kitty poster. What happens is you surrender your voice - the one the world is desperate to hear - for a hollow promise, for the possibility of adulation from creating art that a monkey or AI could make.
I think there's a better approach.
Be true to your voice, to your art. Write the story you want to write... you have to write. Focus on the process of writing, of making something the best you can make it. Invite others to read it. Those who take you up on it, and like what you wrote, will stick with you. Those are all you need to keep creating your art.
You don't need to sell a million copies. You only need to sell a few to connect with your tribe and make a living at it.
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