If you're thinking about writing and what it means - whether it even matters - at this moment in time, I recommend a new article in The Huffington Post: "What it Means to be a Writer in the Time of Trump: Eighteen Authors Weigh in on their New Responsibilities."
The piece is a series of quotes from writers who are wrestling with and coming to grips with the hatred and hope they see in America today. It's all worth reading, but here are some of my favorite quotes:
"When you're fighting intolerance and hatred - as we appear to be - spreading empathy is itself a form of fighting, maybe the most effective and radical and lasting kind there is." - Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You
"If we really believe that the written word is powerful, we need to begin with taking seriously the idea that craft does not operate independently of ideology, to acknowledge that texts are sites of choice." - Tracy O'Neill, author of The Hopeful
"Everyone who works with words...we've got to get really loud these next four years. We've got to become nasty writers." - Gary Soto, author of Partly Cloudy: Poems of Love and Longing
"Let it be true that we wrote the world and each other back to life. Let that be the new book." - Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Small Backs of Children