I think I should mention Neil Gaiman’s name at least once a week, because he seems to be a boon to my blog stats. That, and he’s an awesome inspirational speaker. Young writers, take note.
For people in the throes of agony over their first draft, listen to Neil’s words of wisdom; he’s absolutely right. And, at the end, he touches on what I was saying the other day that everyone has a talent, and it doesn’t matter than someone’s better than you; just do the best you can do and that will be enough.