We won’t feel your absence
In 2000 a respected philosopher of 84 said in an interview:
A. D. - I have not written anything ... Besides that "Mirror" stuff, I have not written anything and I am never going to write. I do not particularly care. Aren’t there enough books on the market? You won’t feel my absence ...
Reporter - Maybe they will start publishing your thoughts and they will make a lot of money on your account ...
A. D. - For my part... I think I care about it just as much as I care about my notoriety!
My most interesting years were the years when I was ignored
My most interesting years were the years when I was ignored. ... Especially in France all writers write till their death. It does not make sense. What’s the use in multiplying books? All the writers have written too much, in my opinion. It's my case too... (Emil Cioran, Paris, 1990)
Disarming innocence online, offline, on air or otherwise
Others try to display a Dictionary Culture - a grandiloquent style, online, offline, on air or otherwise. A conceit that turns my stomach. Annoyingly precious and insignificant. This seemingly profound style is exasperating. And so many readers (relatives and friends!) seem to be enticed by this linguistic imposture. If you want to say something, say it simple and clear. If it will take ten years to put it so (though I doubt it), well publish it in ten years. Or at all. Just don't turn academically epic.
Your writing is more clever than you
The image of solitary writer, who just aspire to clear his mind on paper without awareness, without egos and ambitions is extremely rare. I won't insist here. I think the writer should be searching for something. In an attempt to formulate an idea, he may find things he simply did not have access to before. His writing takes him further than his own thought. Written expression is a way to understand. And not once at the end of the sentence, the page or book he has just concluded, he sees a whole different meaning to the one he had in mind in the beginning. Again the writing takes him further than his own thought. His writing is more clever than he is, which is tantamount to saying that his writing is not totally his.