Over the past three years, I’ve listened to many fiction, memoir, non-fiction and screenwriters, the most recent presentation I heard was Dean Devlin’s. He co-wrote and produced Independence Day, Stargate and Godzilla. and offered the same two messages as other successful writers:
1). The best way to become a good writer is to write every day. It doesn’t matter if it’s good or bad, just write.
2). Be passionate about what you’re writing. If you’re not passionate, the reader will sense it immediately.
I guess this is a lesson we can apply to all areas of life. If you practice and you’re passionate about a sport, writing, photography, working out, studies, career, cooking, no matter what it is in life, you’ll become good at it.
So let me ask you this. Could someone mediocre, practice and practice and become a great singer? Which brings me to the question of TALENT. How much of writing is talent and how much is practice? I’ve never heard a well-known author bring up the word talent during his/her presentation. Perseverance and practice but not talent. What do you think?