Some artists remain undiscovered until after they die, yet they live prolifically creative lives. This can happen because they choose not to disclose their creative talents, as in the case of Emily Dickinson. It can also happen when an artist feels the call to create, yet is so bold and innovative in comparison with contemporary works that the public is unsure what to think. Vincent van Gogh and Gustav Mahler fall into this category. Their art was poorly received at first, but they were masters of their craft who created timeless works.
Every writer has his or her own reasons for writing. Some write for fame and fortune, while others write to make a statement or as a way to understand the world and themselves. Whatever your reasons for writing, sharing your work with others can provide a sense of purpose and meaning, even if it isn't well-received.
As an author, I would rather create authentic works that stand the test of time than write a bestselling book that quickly fades from memory. That's part of my value system, to make lasting and meaningful books.
Every writer must discover what fuels his or her creative engine. The only way to do this is to experiment and share the work you feel called to create, continually searching for the right mix of authenticity and purpose that meets your specific needs.
You have a unique story to tell about how and why you do what you do. There are no guarantees about how the journey will go, but you will know more after beginning than you do now.
Don't be afraid to create. Don't hesitate to share your work with others. Step into the arena and be seen.