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Interesting Essay [Apr. 8th, 2008|01:49 pm]
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Lilith Saintcrow on Skill versus Talent

I'll post my thoughts on it a little later tonight, but it's a good read.

[User Picture]From: dracsdaughter
2008-04-09 01:14 pm (UTC)
Boy, do I ever know I need more discipline.

~visions of herself chained to the computer~

I really don't know what my problem is, why it always seems like work or a chore if I plan on doing it, thus filling myself with all kinds of dread. I know the more I work on something without showing people the worse I get. "What's the point? No one will see this anyway?" I ask myself, then I slack off for days.

'Course I agree that good stuff is a mixture of talent and perspiration. Talent can be honed, just as good work ethic. Not everyone knows how to tap into themselves, put little soul-sprinklin' into their work. You show some the light, they can learn that, too!

I'm also one of those peeps that thinks reading is important to good writing. Maybe not for everyone, exceptions are everywhere, but for the most part, it helps. I hear studying, like, majoring in writing can really wind you down, but informal self-study via readdddding can you take what you need from it.

The ol' English 83 (that was Creative Writing, right?) helped me with both discipline and analytical skiilz. I had something to work towards, deadlines, and an awaiting, if not forced, audience. I learned from going over their stuff, and the comments on my own, how to look out for various pitfalls. Couldn't have figured that out in such a short time without the guidence and abundance of work.

I'm pretty sure I can write okay, now I just need to figure out how to make myself do it consistantly in the absence of a constant audience.
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