You cannot write with the conviction that your work will be one day reprinted to the extent that Hemingway’s has, but you ought to write in such a fashion that if it is, you will have no apologies for it. Nothing is as destructive to a writer’s self-esteem– and, ultimately, his ability– as shoddy craftsmanship. Make it well. Whether or not the thing lasts, the care you have taken will be the measure not only of your talent, but of your integrity.
-William Ruehlmann in Stalking the Feature Story