Not all art has to be useful to an audience. A part of it
should be out of love of the art form, of wanting to express
a feeling regardless of the external outcome. If I'm writing
to be useful, that's different from writing to explore my
feelings and experience. . . I have to dedicate myself
to one intention or the other.
~ Patti Digh*
* Quoted in Fear.Less, "Patti Digh: Say What You Must", October 13, 2011 (This is an excellent essay.)
Patti Digh, Co-Founder of The Circle Project, Motivational Speaker, Author of Life Is a Verb (skirt!, 2008), Creative Is a Verb (skirt!, 2010), Four-Word Self-Help: Simple Wisdom for Complex Lives (skirt!, 2010), and What I Wish for You: Simple Wisdom for a Happy Life (skirt!, 2011).
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