Indeed. Here is Jon Krakauer (author of "Into Thin Air" among other things) talking about Antarctica, but he could just as well be talking about writing (or really any other challenging job we do in here):
To read the whole interview, go here.
"There is this paradoxical sense one has of feeling very small in this huge and threatening landscape. Yet when you feel like you're holding your own, there is a tremendous satisfaction that comes with this—that you can cope with this and you can appreciate it, that you can survive and prevail if you just approach it with some humility and some forethought and keep your wits about you."