Validation: How do you get that?
(Possible whine warning)
I have a habit of choosing pursuits that don't pay much, if at all: first, modern dance; then, poetry. I don't write for the money. I have a day job for that, and I just have to struggle with the fear that I'm selling out and the wish that I could write more and read more and then write even more.
Part of it's time management, but it's also hard to carve out that time or that management when there is so little in the way of lucre remuneration or recognition (another yardstick). It runs dangerously close to becoming a hobby and falling to the end of the list, after the job and the cooking and the laundry and cutting back the blackberry brambles (which I had better do soon).
Does not getting paid or prized make your work less valid? Does not getting poems or manuscripts accepted make your work less valid?
My guess, thinking from my own experience, is that we keep creating whether anyone else thinks its valid or not.
But do you ever feel like the one hand clapping or that tree in the forest falling?