I believe writing is a form of creative release that enables us to connect to spirit. It is art, and art is, after all, an expression of the soul. And when a writer writes from the heart, I think it's more accurate to say that the writing flows through them--there is nothing quite like being in that zone.
But sometimes, I think writers get blinded by the thought of publication.
When writers start to focus on publication as the only goal, they risk cutting themselves off from their essence and their creative power--because inspired creativeness can only be reached by being (and writing) fully in the moment. That’s where all the magic happens.
So, instead of holding publication as the only desired goal, or the most important one, why not hold the intention of sharing your creative essence with the world, of creating stories or articles that will inspire, educate, or entertain readers? Why not take joy in the journey, in learning the craft, in connecting with other writers who enjoy the same passion? Focus on the sheer enjoyment of the written word?
Whether one writes fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, they need to learn their craft, certainly. They need to put in the time to master it, but then the most important thing one can do is write from the heart, from the soul. I think once writers can do this, as well as believe in themselves at their very core, publication is much more likely to follow.
And it will be the frosting on a very delicious cake.