As I sat in the waiting room at my doctor’s office, I couldn’t help overhearing the receptionist as she answered incoming calls. It was a busy morning on the phones, and she kept asking each caller the same question.
By putting your writing out to an audience, even a small one, you connect yourself to something larger than yourself. An audience is a community. The published word is a declaration of membership in that community, and also of concern to contribute something meaningful to it.