What is the goal of a writer?

Recently I started reading Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice. It is typical Mann in that every scene is an intricately woven web; a coalescence of words so delicately crafted that you timidly turn the page, as to not disturb the sleeping ink. One passage was so powerful that I couldn’t resist sharing it. In it, Mann eloquently describes what it is to be a successful writer. He says:

For a major product of the intellect to make an immediate broad and deep impact it must rest upon a secret affinity, indeed, a congruence between the personal destiny of its author and the collective destiny of his generation.

Now, sit down and write!

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