If something powerful leaves you and there is no one in the receiving address, or the receiving address does not receive it -then this something makes all the way back to you.
For there is a kind of a law: what is being issued by a source and is not being assimilated by a recipient – must return back to the source of it arising.
Otherwise it wonders around in the world, homeless, like lost children, looking for home, and so in the absence of an embracing receiving stations, it is being pulled back to its parents.
We issue something, anything, out of us, in order that someone would hug it and then put his input in it and then return it enriched back to us.
If you love someone and your love is not being accepted and returned back to you (plus the love of that someone) – then your love returns back to you empty-handed and knocks you down with the power of your own love.
Artists, and authors, and thinkers – when their creative work does not get accepted – are getting the power of their own work flying back at them.
Now, the higher or the more powerful is the quality and the level of the output of the creative artist or writer or thinker – so should be the reception of his work, otherwise the discrepancy would cost him in his health, mental stability and his general wellbeing.
So recognition and acceptance, is a matter of survival for him.
The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.
Ursula K. Le Guin