“What is the greatest reward a writer can have? Isn’t it that day when someone rushes up to you, his face bursting with honesty, his eyes afire with admiration and cries, ‘That new story of yours was fine, really wonderful!’
Then and only then is writing worthwhile.
Quite suddenly the pomposities of the intellectual faddists fade to dust. Suddenly, the agreeable monies collected from the fat-advertising magazines are unimportant.”
– Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing (p. 142)