Have you noticed how much of your writing never makes it into print? And has that caused you to despair about the time and energy you spend on writing, seemingly all for nothing?
Nate Kreuter has, and in a wise essay in Inside Higher Ed he reminds us:
The writing we produce that will never actually make it into a finished piece of writing is still productive, productive because it gets us to a cognitive point we could not have otherwise reached. The process may feel inefficient at times, but that process is essential to the production of knowledge, no matter what our discipline, and no matter what form our writing takes.