Let me open this thing up by saying that I firmly believe that talent is a very real thing and that some people do have a good deal more of it than others.
But talent alone is not enough. Like in sports, like in music, like in art, writing takes dedicated, consistent practice in order to succeed. Being born with some kind of gift is a great jumping off point, yes, but even the most talented artist isn’t going to get too far without applying themselves regularly.
I say this as kid who tested with a high IQ, who was put in gifted classes in school, who was always praised for being smart. You want to know the secret about being smart? It is something you are and not something that you do. Can you study? Can you read? Can you learn? Yes. But that’s different from hitting some kind of genetic lottery from birth.
I honestly think we do people a disservice for praising them for what they are rather than what they do. For being pretty, or smart, or tall, or having a good speaking voice. These are overwhelmingly things we are born with, and praising people for these gifts can create in them a need for external validation based on a lucky break – not on work.
As a smart kid, I coasted by in school, rarely applying myself. Through high school and most of college, I put in minimal effort and still got excellent grades. There were a few subjects where I had to really put in the work, and I floundered in those because I had never really learned how to learn. But I was smart! Everyone had always told me so! And so I grew quickly frustrated with music and math and assumed that they were nigh impossible topics for me.
Anyway all this to say, praise people for their work, not their talents.
And you there, artist: put in the time and effort. It’s hard and it’s not necessarily fun and it takes practice and you’re not going to nail it every time. Do it anyway. Do it for you because you deserve your best efforts.