As a writer, you learn that
everyone you meet has a story.
every taxi driver has an idea that
would make a great book.
Presumably, each of you has an idea.
But how do you get from there to here? [James Leer laughs laughs at the back of the room]
What is the bridge from the water's edge of inspiration
to the far shore of accomplishment?
Faith that your story
is worth the telling.
Faith that you have
the wherewithal to tell it
and faith that the carefully woven structure that
you creat won't collapse beneath you.
Faith that when you get
to the other side
there'll be someone
who gives a damn
about the tale
you have to tell.