Gene Fowler said it best: "Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead." The life of a writer is often fraught with struggle to find the best way to transfer ideas to paper, which is one of the reasons so few people are able to do it with any real success. But if you’re an aspiring writer, whether you’re still a college student or you’ve been out of school for years, it’s never too late to take a chance on your passion. These speeches and presentations from TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) offer words of wisdom from authors and others that are invaluable to those looking to make their mark with the written word. Don’t be afraid of the blank page; embrace it.