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What is the most important aspect of professional writing?


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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    Sid Kemp (SidKemp) 5 years ago

    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?

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    Sid Kemp (SidKemp) 5 years ago

    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.

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    Island Tropical 5 years ago

    Write what you know and know what you write about, as simple as that

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    Laura Tykarski (LauraD093) 5 years ago

    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.

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    Sid Kemp (SidKemp) 5 years ago

    Even a person with such talent would still have to write a whole novel - and that takes persistence!