“Fame is always a product of the present culture: topical and variable, hence ephemeral. Writers are made otherwise. What writers prize is simpler, quieter and more enduring than clamorous Fame: it is recognition. Fame, by and large, is an accountantâ€™s category, tallied in Amazonian sales. Recognition, hushed and inherent in the silence of the page, is a readerâ€™s category: its stealth is its wealth.”
Read the rest of what renowned writer Cynthia Ozick has to say about writing and writers here.