Which is more important and more integral to resounding success (however you may define it): Natural ability or relentless pursuit and dogged persistence?
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These are very valid points.
Can we really know that someone has, or lacks, natural talent? We only see the result. Excellent writing arises, perhaps from natural talent, perhaps from diligent effort. But can we really say that anyone can't become a good writer through effort?
I see it differently. I agree that flow, foreshadowing, mindfulness of thesis,and metaphors are essential to great writing. But I have a dozen books that teach how to do those things. I see all of these as skills we can learn.
Write what you know and know what you write about, as simple as that
This is definitely a question that makes you go hmm...Getting started is always difficult for me but if I am dogged and persistent a natural process takes over and I find myself just falling into the rabbit hole just like Alice.