"Writers have tremendous courage. You face the blank page or, more aptly these days, the blank screen, and attempt to fill its bottomless maw. Feed me, it screams, as the cursor blinks with accusations and you go about filling it up with your words and musical notations. And when you are done, there is a song or a story that didn't exist before you set out to create it. This task is so daunting that many talented people have forsaken it for easier undertakings, like astrophysics or law. Yet writers have been commodified by producers, marginalized by directors, ignored by audiences, and are sometimes willing, if unwitting, co-conspirators in their own diminishment. What good is it to do rewrites that you don't believe in only to get the show on, when the show that gets on won't be truly yours? If you don't stand up and speak for your play during the production process... who will? Honor your creation by defending it, believing in it. Demand the respect owed to those who have the courage to face the blank page."