on Writing Forward:
Every writer hopes for talent, but what is talent, exactly?
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary offers several definitions:
- a special often athletic, creative, or artistic aptitude.
- general intelligence or mental power: ability
- the natural endowments of a person
Talent gives people an edge or a head start. With talent, you can learn faster and perform better. Success isn’t guaranteed, but it’s within reach.
In writing, we see a variety of talents. Some authors are natural storytellers. Others have a way with words. Some are fast learners who quickly pick up new writing skills without a lot of effort. Some are simply good at organizing and communicating their thoughts, ideas, or knowledge in writing.
However, I’ve never encountered a writer who was born with the ability to whip out a brilliant piece of writing without years of learning, practice, or dedication.
Some aspects of writing simply must be learned.