You're Not Shakespeare.

You're Not Shakespeare.
All the great Romantic poets and Elizabethan playwrights and Victorian novelists that tower over me — they’re dead! Oh, they still cast their shadow, but I’m alive, and they are irrefutably dead. Their language is exquisite, their scenes divine, but what have these writers done lately? Not a damn thing. Think about it. The idea should give you hope. Past masters are done. Their achievements are finite, known, measurable. Present writers, on the other hand, live in possibility. Your masterpiece could be just around the corner. Genius could befall you at any moment.
— "Writers on Writing," by Allegra Goodman