That terrible mood of depression of whether it's any good or not is what is known as The Artist's Reward.
- --Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961), U.S. author. letter, Sept. 13, 1929, to F. Scott Fitzgerald. Selected Letters, ed. Carlos Baker (1981).
Biographer and critic Leon Edel observed, in a 1988 interview, “The greatest enemy of writers is depression, which they can't avoid.”