Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.
Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
Courage - you develop courage by doing small things like just as if you wouldn't want to pick up a 100-pound weight without preparing yourself.
I've always written. There's a journal which I kept from about 9 years old. The man who gave it to me lived across the street from the store and kept it when my grandmother's papers were destroyed. I'd written some essays. I loved poetry, still do. But I really, really loved it then.