From chapter six of what is turning out to be an utterly delightful and encouraging book from Carolyn See,
The implication was that there was a serious apprenticeship, even for reading, to say nothing of the one for writing, and that to presume to write something down took an enormous leap of both faith and pride. (Pride, as most of us with a Christian upbringing remember, is the first and foremost deadly sin.) So you had to be pure of heart before you started to write, but also full of pride. Already, before you wrote the first the, you were screwed by your own unworthiness.
Ain't it the truth, Carolyn. Ain't it the truth.