*curtsies* Dear Duke, do you believe in talent? Is there such a thing in writing as talent at all? Because I think that anyone can write it's all the question of practice and motivation while in art, painting. and drawing talent is necessary and it used to sadden me because I mostly write but I can't draw so in conclusion I don't have any talents.
*Curtsies* First thing: I absolutely think you need talent to be a good writer. And I think writing is art, and that to suggest it’s just a matter of practice in a way that visual arts aren’t is insulting to writers. But I also believe that all the talent in the world won’t make a difference if you’re not willing to work at it, and that sometimes people assume that talent and hard work are mutually exclusive. Newsflash: Nope. You think painters and sculptors and cartoonists spend any less time learning and working and failing than writers do? You think a concert pianist spends any less time practicing? Nope. Writing, like every other art form, requires a combination of talent and hard work. You’re not going to magically be great at anything without both. (Artists and musicians or anyone else who feels inclined, feel free to back me up.)
Second thing: Concluding that you “don’t have any talents” because there’s one thing you don’t happen to be good at is melodramatic, and it’s something you should try to work through because dude, nobody is going to feel sorry for you. We all want to be good at stuff and just aren’t. I love music. Have since I was a kid. I want so desperately to have some kind of musical talent and you know what? I just don’t. Did I learn to passably play the piano? Yes. Did I learn a little guitar? Yes. Can I carry a tune? Yes. Am I ever going to be a rock star? Hell no. That’s life. I spent fifteen years trying to be an actor. Turns out I’m really not good enough. Does it suck? You bet. Any use crying about it? Nope. Nobody’s good at everything they want to be good at, and in the long run, you’ll be a lot better off nurturing the talents you do have than moping about the ones you don’t, or acting like a talent you have isn’t actually a talent and feeling sorry for yourself. Because guess what? There are ten thousand people out there who desperately want to be writers but can’t string ten words together no matter how hard they try (kind of like how you can’t draw a picture you’re happy with even though you desperately want to). My guess is they’d be pretty be pissed if you tried to tell them writing doesn’t take talent. It does take talent. You’re just taking that talent for granted because you have it. And people who can write? They will also be pissed. I don’t mind telling you, I’m pissed. You think anyone can write? That’s insulting. Tell that to thirteen years of hard work, weeks and months of struggling to get a narrative just right, five drawer novels, dozens of rejections, 45 drafts of my first book, and the meticulous attention I’ve lavished on each one of 110,000 thousand words in each of eight different manuscripts. The implication that just anybody could do what I do if they felt like it fucking sucks.
I’m sorry if this seems a little salty. That’s because it’s honest. You have talent. Cultivate it. Don’t waste it or belittle it wishing it were different, or make people who share your talent or wish they did feel like it’s worthless.