Alexander Solzhenitsyn has died, which means the world has lost one more literary voice. I remember reading One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch, and never forgetting that novel. It has stayed with me as vividly as the Diary of Anne Frank.
If you're a writer, one who is afraid to take chances, or who is afraid of anything...rejection, critics...whatever, just think about someone like Solzhenitsyn and know that there are people who faced far worse fates, and still managed to get their words out there. They tackled their fears and a world that wanted to silence their voice, because the message was more important than anything.