“Genius gives birth. Talent delivers.” ~Jack Kerouac
There’s a lot of talk about genius out there in the world, especially among writers. Very often we have the idea that the most gifted writers just rattle off lines like silk off a spool. There might be people out there like that. I don’t know any. I’ve never heard of a writer saying that this is what their writing life is like. It’s hard work. They all sit there day after day, butts in their chairs, and hammer it out a little at a time. And then they go back to refine again and again through many rounds of edits, often over years of time. That dedication to craft the very best of our imaginations and put it out into the world is real talent. It’s not easy. It’s difficult work, and it’s worth it. Keep writing.