कर्मणये वाधिकारस्ते मां फलेषु कदाचन। मां कर्मफलहेतुर्भू: मांते संङगोस्त्वकर्मणि ।।
The Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2, Sloka 47.
You’re entitled to perform your duty, but never entitled to the fruit of your action.
Do not let the fruit be the purpose of your action. Nor let your attachment be to inaction.
I must strive to achieve my goals without being disappointed or overjoyed by the outcome of my efforts.
My duty as a writer is to write, to make sure my stories do not die untold. My duty is to remain active, to create ‘beauty’, but not let the result dictate my deed. I’m not entitled to the fruit of my action.
If I let ‘publication’ be the sole purpose of my writing, if I expect ‘fame’ or ‘fortune’ from my stories, I will be disappointed soon and stop writing. But if I focus solely on my right to write, there will be no writer’s blocks. If I expect no fruit from my actions, there will be no disappointment from rejections. If I simply do my best without expectations, happiness will be mine.
So as my query letter for ‘The Fate of a Moth’ hits some inboxes, I’ll be busy revising my second novel and finishing the third one.