Writing - like any creative process - involves a series of 'deaths'. You have to let go of some things - a sentence, a prejudice, an attitude or expectation. By jettisoning every preoccupation with what could've or should've been expressed, you give yourself a chance to create the conditions that will allow you to cultivate the confidence necessary for showing or expressing what it is that wants to speak or act through you. Without dividing yourself between the demands of others, and your own need to be successful, you open yourself to the possibility of forgiving yourself for your any perceived limitations, and by virtue of that forgiveness, to rise above them.
- Billy Marshall Stoneking