Some Writers Are Just Better

Some writers are better than the rest.

Sure, everybody has a rough or bad piece once in a while. But I’ve been in several writing classes before (advanced composition, fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction), and it’s very clear some writers are better than others.

I worry about how well I write. “Am I good enough?” I catch myself thinking.

Recently, I read “Art and Fear” by David Bayles and Ted Orland for my creative nonfiction class. The book is written for artists, and it talks about the whole talent thing:

“There is probably no clearer waste of psychic energy than worrying about how much talent you have …”

I agree with Bayles and Orland. Worrying won’t make you a better writer (but it might give you some extra wrinkles). If you love your work then it doesn’t matter.

Stephen King also talks about talent in his nonfiction book “On Writing.” (King is one of those writers that’s just better than the rest …)

He wrote: “… While it is impossible to make a competent writer out of a bad writer, and while it is equally impossible to make a great writer out of a good one, it is possible, with lots of hard work, dedication, and timely help, to make a good writer out of a merely competent one.”

These two quotes might seem conflicting. They’re not. King said not everyone can be a good writer, and Bayles and Orland said that a committed artist shouldn’t worry about their talent level.

So stop worrying about your talent level after you’ve decided to write. If you’re bad at writing then find a new craft to master. Maybe you’re a dancer or a musician or a painter.

I really hope I’m a competent writer.

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  1. No worries. Yes you are. Great post! So true.

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