When P.G. Wodehouse, possibly the best comic writer who ever lived, had his first novel published, he sent a copy to his friend Bill Townend with these words inscribed:
To Villiam Townend
(You see if it won’t)
Sep 28. 1902 P.G. Wodehouse
To an aspiring writer, I think a little hubris is helpful. Provided, of course, that it’s regularly dosed with reality’s tonics, like hard work, honest relationships, and the staggering genius of other writers to which we could never possibly measure up.