The Myth of “Talent”

The more I write, the more convinced I become that writing and becoming a successful writer is about two things—and talent isn’t one of them.

In fact, I’d say that writing is a lot like talking.

It doesn’t take talent to learn how to speak. If anything, it takes time and a lot of practice. And even though I’ve been able to talk for the majority of my life, I’m far from perfect at it. 

When I was younger, I couldn’t pronounce the letter “p” or the sounds “sp” and “th” properly. As a result, “potatoes” were “botatoes”, “specific” was “pacific”, and “thank you” was “fank you”.

My speech improved over time as I got older, but I still mess up and stumble over my own words sometimes—or I’ll discover new words to add to my vocabulary (or find out that I’ve been pronouncing other words wrong—like hyperbole).

Maybe you know somebody who is great at public speaking (or maybe you yourself have a talent for public speaking).

I find it incredibly interesting that even if someone is known to be “good” at speaking, no one is born with the ability to speak well—or at all (at least as far as I know), and no one knows everything there is to know about language and speaking. 

New words and slang are being developed every day (stuff like LOL, cap, rizz, etc.), so no matter how much you already know, there’s always something new to learn.

And that’s how I feel about writing. 

The Divide Between You & “Greatness”

There was once a time when C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Dickens, and Jane Austen didn’t know how to speak—let alone write. 

So how does that make them any different from me or you?

Were their imaginations better? Were they blessed with inspiration? Did they have more time and opportunities to write?

I mean, it’s certainly possible…

But seeing as C.S. Lewis’s first attempts at poetry were initially unsuccessful, some of Tolkien’s myths or stories were deemed unpublishable, and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was brutally rejected, I still believe that the only thing dividing us from our writing goals is effort and experience.

So keep writing, and keep learning!

Improving As A Writer

There are so many incredible sources of information out there that can help you improve your writing.

When I first started writing, I looked everywhere for anything that could help me improve as a writer. 

So if you’re looking for helpful articles, podcasts, and tips, I recommend you check out Story Embers and The Company!

These two faith-based writing communities helped me grow as a writer, and I can safely say that I wouldn’t be a published author right now if it weren’t for the inspiration I got from Story Embers, and the guidance I received from The Company’s apprenticeship program.

If you’d like some more resource recommendations, or if you have any questions, feel free to send me an email

I’d be more than happy to help you get started/move forward on your writing journey.

Before You Go…

Speaking of journeys, I’m currently on a mission to get my new book, The Librarian’s Ruse, to 100 reviews on Amazon.

If you’ve read TLR then I would really appreciate it if you would leave a quick, honest review of the story here on Amazon.

Or, if you haven’t read The Librarian’s Ruse yet, I hope you’ll consider reading it now! 

You can find the book here!

I’d also like to take a moment to thank everyone who has already left a review or bought my book. Y’all are so amazing and I really appreciate all the support you’ve given me. 

Thank you so much!

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