Writer and reader.
Neither one exists without the other.
The tree that falls in the forest does not make a sound unless someone is there to hear it.
But the relationship between writer and reader is more than light bouncing off the marks on a page and reaching the optic nerve.
My writing improves when I consider what impact my words have upon the reader. What ideas am I trying to communicate? What emotions am I hoping to inspire?
My reading deepens when I am aware of what the writer intended. What's the context? What's the background? What's the rest of the conversation?
Yes there are many stories that need to be told and many tales we want to hear. But in the end, there is only one thing that matters -- that we connect.