Talent?

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Every now and then, someone will say, Oh, it must be great to have a writing talent.  

I think so, too.  It must be great:  To write like a dream, and to write with ease.

That, however, is not my life.  Today, for example, I cranked open an old book in progress.  There are lines in it that I'd love to blame on someone else.

Unfortunately, I wrote them.

9 comments:

Melissa (Betty and Boo's Mommy) said...

No, Beth ... fortunately for us, you did write them. For in those lines is the true talent (which you have in abundance, my friend) waiting to emerge.

Making it seem so easy and effortless, that the lyrical prose is just there? That's true talent.

Julia said...

That's not your lack of talent; that's just called time and hence alienation. I've revisited old writing perhaps even a month after it was written, and found it ghastly. It's why I've spent three years writing a novel, and still not finished.

You definitely have talent and persistence; you've written so many books, and yet none of them are a rush-job, but rather the opposite-- they're all delectable.

Julia said...

Oh, and Valley Forge is gorgeous.

Beth F said...

That just made me laugh! I know what you mean.

pink dogwood said...

you are so honest and funny - that is why you are so good :)

Lilian Nattel said...

That made me laugh Beth, though I'm sure it wasn't funny. But I've experienced that myself.

Mandy said...

I just love your writing posts. It's such great insight into the process. I know you may not like your first (or second or third) attempts, but your final version always turns out beautifully! :)

Melissa Walker said...

It IS funny and we ALL feel this way. (People who don't, if you exist: shhh! You'll make the rest of us envious.)

My book? It stinks so far. But I'll polish it up. That's what we do. xoxo

Kelly H-Y said...

I know exactly what you mean! Though ... I can't imagine anything you've written sounding bad!

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