“Being a writer requires an awkward balance of utter confidence and abject insecurity. Both necessary, neither sufficient.” -- Susan Orlean (The Orchid Thief, The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup)
Interestingly enough, this quote came to me via Twitter, as retweeted by the fabulous Sandra Gulland. It wouldn’t fit as a retweet and it was, in any case, just too great a quote to be lost in the sludge of the Twitter timeline.
This captures precisely what I’ve often tried to articulate in many more words: Close the door. Shut off the other voices. Listen to your heart. And write.