"[Writers] must do the work with the faculty that he has now. But that faculty is the accumulation of past days. No rival can rival backwards. What you have learned and done is safe and fruitful. Work and learn in evil days, in insulted days, in days of debt and depression and calamity. Fight best in the shade of the cloud of arrows."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
from First We Read, Then We Write
Emerson on the Creative Process
Robert D. Richardson
University Of Iowa Press