Fame has always been a hot topic of discussion among writers. An unsavory one. A necessary one. If we long to be published, we ask those who are published: How did you get there? We read the bestseller lists and wonder about the process of climbing to such recognition. Once we have that contract, that great agent, we still must struggle to get our work received, recognized, reviewed. It gets wearying.
Because, for many of us, all we really want to do is make art. We want to write. We want to sink into the worlds on our page.