I tell my Intro to Creative Writing students that two of the greatest obstacles to becoming professional writers are inspiration and talent.

Inspiration fools you into thinking the ideas--or even the words--are coming from outside yourself, so you're clueless what to do when they aren't there.

And talent, which makes you the darling of your HS English teacher, makes you lazy when it's time to practice the hard work of crafting sentences and paragraphs, rewriting and revising them, then polishing and proofing till you're ready to submit.

Of course it's hard. My students all accept that, after I remind them that they didn't come to college to learn how to do the easy shit.

But the good news is, if you have something that you really want to write, and you're willing to put in the work, you can learn to write it well.

Retired psychologist, wordsmith, teacher, MFA candidate. Buy me coffee: ko-fi.com/edrobson. ecrobson@gmail.com

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