Tuesday, September 23, 2014

on writing - the role and definition of talent

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when
one will do.   - Thomas Jefferson

Talented writing tends to contain more information, sentence for
sentence, clause for clause, than merely good writing...  It also
employs rhetorical parallels and differences...  It pays attention to the
sounds and rhythms of its sentences...  Much of the information it
proffers is implied...  These are among the things that indicate talent.
- Samuel R. Delaney

There is no idea so stupid or hackneyed that a sufficiently-talented
writer can't get a good story out of it.  - Lawrence Watt-Evans

Real seriousness in regard to writing is one of two absolute necessities.
The other, unfortunately, is talent.  - Ernest Hemingway

By Sanna Helena Berger

Very few people can write in a crowd. This is a very solitary
occupation. I have known people more talented than me who never
made it. And the primary reason was always that they couldn’t stand
to be alone for several hours a day. Any writer worth anything has
mastered the art. The art of solitude.  - Tom Robbins

Talent hits a target no one else can hit; genius hits a target no one
else can see.  - Arthur Schopenhauer

Every human being has hundreds of separate people living under his
skin. The talent of a writer is his ability to give them their separate
names, identities, personalities and have them relate to other characters
living with him.  - Mel Brooks

Talent is extremely common. What is rare is the willingness to endure
the life of the writer.  - Kurt Vonnegut

If people ask me for the ingredients of success, I say one is talent, two
is stubbornness or determination, and third is sheer luck. You have to
have two out of the three. Any two will probably do.  - Fred Saberhagen

Keep at it! The one talent that’s indispensable to a writer is persistence.
You must write the book, else there is no book. It will not finish itself.
Do not try to commit art. Just tell the damned story.  - Tom Clancy

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