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Talented and Successful

I’m posting two Stephen King quotes here.
King is not my favorite author, but I respect his professional skills and I enjoyed a few of his books.
Basically, when someone sells the number of books King sold, any critical analysis, any evaluation of skill, talent, technique or whatever becomes an exercise in futility.

The reason I’m putting these two quotes here is because I’ve was involved (marginally) in two discussions in the past few days, about two words that are often used when talking about writing, and that cause me a certain amount of unease, so to speak.
These words being talented and successful. Continue reading


Doctor Mana’s Pocket Guide to Talent for Writers

work-ethic-quotesLast night I got caught up in a discussion about talent.
I find the subject as fascinating as useless.
I usually tend to stay clear of people claiming to possess talent, or to be somehow indentured to it.

To me, talent is like Luminiferous ether.
Quoth Wikipedia:

Ether, or luminiferous Ether, was the hypothetical substance through which electromagnetic waves travel. It was proposed by the greek philosopher Aristotle and used by several optical theories as a way to allow propagation of light, which was believed to be impossible in “empty” space.

So here follows my own little collection of talent-related quotes.
Enjoy. Continue reading