Is Talent Really Necessary to be a Successful Writer?
I received a newsletter recently in which the writer quoted Stephen King. In essence, King states that a writer must have talent in order to succeed. Do you agree with him? After giving it careful thought and comparing his statements to my own experience, I have concluded that desire trumps talent in most cases. However, I do think that a measure of talent is a positive component to the fulfillment of a desire to write. In other words, I think that if a person has a strong enough desire to succeed at writing and can adequately define his idea of that success, whether he has talent or not, he can learn to write well enough to succeed according to his definition of it.
There are many not-so-talented people who have succeeded immeasurably not because they developed a latent talent but because they showed extraordinary skill at things like networking or marketing or both.
If you read op-ed pieces, as I do, you will soon discover the lack of writing ‘expertise’ or talent in some of them. Grammar mistakes, syntax problems, misspellings and typos are no strangers to op-eds by celebrities, political pundits and public figures alike.
I have hopes of one day becoming a technical writer. Specifically, I would like to write user manuals because I am very mechanically oriented. I read user manuals all the time because of my desire to write them and I can posit the same things about writers of user manuals as I did above. Talent may play a part but far and away desire plays a much more important one. Desire plus proper education and study combined with diligent application is sure to carry a person to their goals with their sanity intact.
I’m anxious to know what you think. Post a comment or email me at: JerryWatson@JerryWatsonCommunications.com or JerryL_Watson@hotmail.com