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

50 thoughts on “To the despairing writer”

  1. Reblogged this on Mary Adler Writes and commented:
    Oh, that one day one of your books or one of mine should find a reader and “open his eyes and fill his heart and make him see things in life even you never suspected.” Thank you, M. C. Tuggle for the encouraging post.

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  2. Thanks Mike for posting these wonderful words by Wright. How true
    they are and yet how often forgotten. I have myself a couple of
    books that meant so much but are not the big sellers.

    Writing from the heart and give the best we can is what counts.


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