What this means for any writer is that you'll have a good chance of success if you write regularly, learn how to improve your writing and apply those lessons. Then, of course, you'll have to write some more - preferably every day.
These revelations are from two books:
- The Genius in All of Us - Why Everything You've Been Told About Genetics, Talent and IQ is wrong, by David Shenk
- Bounce - How Champions are Made, by Matthew Syed
He says, "I give innate talent almost no weight at all. That’s a controversial view and I know it’s a radical and rather subversive view, but I think the evidence backs up that assertion. If you dig down into the narrative histories of anyone who has reached a high level in virtually any task with a certain level of complexity, what you find is they have spent many, many hours, many months, many years building up to that level."
Source of Matthew's quote: Table Tennis Blog
Photo: Matthew Syed at the 2000 Olympics (Wikimedia)
Both writers back up their claims with good research and examples. There's more to it than simply 'practice makes perfect', of course, but that's a good starting point. David Shenk is the more academic of the two writers, but both are easy-to-read.
These books should be available from your library. For those who live in the greater Auckland area you can request books from the library's catalogue via these links:
The Genius in All of Us
So, stop holding yourself back by thinking that you're not good enough or don't have a 'gift'. Every successful writer we know has to work hard at it. It will be the same for you.