How To Know If You Are A Talented Writer

By on April 10, 2020

Every single writer, at some point in their career, asks the question, am I a talented writer? The truth is it can be a difficult one to answer.

You might love to write; you might be extremely prolific; you might have published many novels and have a good following. But was it all a fluke? Will you be able to replicate your success the next time around?

On the other hand, you might find the writing process rather painful, you might procrastinate and take years and years to write a novel, and you might have been rejected over and over. Does this mean that you are wasting your time, that you are wholly talentless, and that you should give up before you spend any more years doing something that will never get you anywhere?

Writing talent is so subjective. Have you ever read a bestselling novel and struggled to enjoy it? Have you ever heard of an author shooting to success but can't for the life of you understand what all the fuss is about? 

The thing is, the question of whether or not you are a good writer could easily be the thing that is holding you back. If you are constantly questioning, fretting over whether you have any writing talent, you may not commit fully or take the steps necessary to get your novel finished, let alone submit it for publication. 

Here are some of the things people might think means they are a good writer:

They get paid to write

The get published

They receive x number of positive reviews

The sell x number of books

The problem with all of the above is that you are reliant on other people's opinions for confirmation that you are good enough. That hardly ever ends well. 

By letting other people determine your worth, you immediately lose control. If you write something that doesn't get published or gets published and no one reads, or does well initially and then flags, or you only get paid pittance for - does any of this mean that you must, for sure, be a talentless writer? Of course it doesn't! 

There are plenty of bad books out there, and there are plenty of people who get paid to write and don't do an outstanding job of it. There are also plenty of people who managed to find a niche audience and go on to have massive success but are considered terrible writers by those in the industry. 

You have to be the one to decide that you are a good writer. Here are some ways to help you decide:

You have received both positive and negative feedback. Not everyone will love your work. Even the most celebrated writers of all time had their work slandered by other people. The trick is not to focus on them. Instead, find ones that do like what you write, and then write more of the same for them.

You can see yourself improving. All good writers go on a journey and have to practice their art form. If you are a much better writer than you were five years ago, a year, a month ago, a week ago, or even yesterday, you know you are doing something right.

You finish what you started. Successful writers finish their books - it's as simple as that. If you want to become more talented, write more, write every day, and get that book done. 

Being a talented writer is about a vast number of factors. The most important thing to remember, however, is that you have to believe in yourself. If you don't, no one else will!

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