(June 2017) WRITING WEDNESDAY: I’ve been thinking lately about intention. About why we want that big book or movie deal. Do we want it to make sure that our stories receive the widest audience possible? Or do we want it out of validation, to prove to people, both known (maybe even ourselves) and strangers, that we are indeed worthy to be pursued. I’ve come to the conclusion that the latter intention is a fool’s errand. Very few writers are going to be widely desired all throughout their creative lifetimes. That’s just a reality. Trends change, world events transform what people want, new writers enter the field. Somehow we as writers have to be okay with our insignificance. It’s humbling, for sure. But that’s where our work comes in. Make the work the No. 1 priority and be content with that.