I often see writers talking about talent. “What if I don’t have enough talent” “What if they tell me I’m a no-talent” It’s a dark cloud of worry that hangs over our heads.
Yet, is talent really what we need?
I’m pretty sure Olympians have talent, but talent isn’t what gets them to the Olympics. It’s the hours, and weeks, and years of training that they put in. Maybe, instead of worrying about talent so much, we should worry about people telling us we don’t have the dedication to get there. Fortunately, we are in control of how much dedication we have, how much effort and work we put into it.
Are there Olympians who work and train and have talent that still never make it to the Olympics? I’m sure there are. Are there great writers who work and write and never get published? Probably. Fortunately, unlike the Olympics there aren’t a limited number of spots. Publishing may be subjective, and it’s difficult to get people’s attention, but there’s enough room for all of us. Especially with all the options that are available to us.
So go on, stop worrying about talent, and show the world your dedication.