The act of writing itself constitutes a conflict, a struggle, through which you overcome obstacles both within yourself and without. When you write, you press out something from inside: you ex-press yourself. Something hidden lies within you, and something about writing pulls on you. So you press it out onto paper in the form of written words. This written act causes you to turn outward, to take your inner self and unveil it on the page. So writing takes courage, since, as an act of self-expression, it also exposes and reveals. You show others something about yourself. It makes you vulnerable– a lamb leaving tracks across the snowy page, tracks that every potential wolf may easily stalk.
–from Right Words: The Grace of Writing by Blair Adams with Joel Stein