Are Writers Born or Made?
GalleyCat, Mediabistro’s publishing blog, had a great post today about whether writers are born or made.
Reprinted from their original post:
Geoff Colvin, senior editor-at-large for Fortune magazine. The veteran reporter and author explored his recent book, “Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers From Everybody Else.” He talked about how we overvalue talent in our culture, arguing that writers are shaped by teachers and practice–not innate talent.
I tend to agree. I went to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in the Department of Dramatic Writing. I went to school with loads of talented writers. Too many to count. Ten years later, the writers who are still writing from the program are the ones who kept writing and kept going. Talent is a part of it but ultimately a good writer has to keep writing, rewriting, making mistakes, revising, and working. I know some people think anybody can be a writer or anybody can write a novel. And yes, anyone can, but the true test is actually writing day in and day out. With my YA book, Sissy, I wrote it 10 years ago and I’m still revising it. And who I was as a writer at age 23 is vastly different than 30-year-old me. So yes, writers are born, but over time, they need to be made.