I know everyone says that practice makes perfect or that mistakes are a part of the process, and that we learn through failure. But it can be so hard to accept the truth of those statements, especially when we feel as though we’re somehow running out of time to discover whether indeed we feel good enough to call ourselves an artist or a success. However, “you make good work by (among other things) making lots of work that isn’t very good, and gradually weeding out the parts that aren’t good, the parts that aren’t yours” (p.26). Perseverance is necessary in this journey. Perseverance requires mistakes, failures, trial and error, and figuring out your voice. So here’s to the journey of figuring out your voice.