Anxiety is the enemy only at the beginning of your career. If you challenge the creative stress of anxiety on a routine basis, you turn it into a helpmate. Productive elation, initiated and shaped by your own will, becomes, side by side with time, your most faithful collaborator. You make your own pressures, and suddenly anxiety is now a blessed spirit rather than a destructive fury: You’ve transformed it into your onboard Muse.
From Kenneth Atchity, A Writer’s Time: Making the Time to Write (1995).