• Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing

    The Myth of Talent

    Maybe One of the Most Deadly of All Myths… Talent is a measure of skill at a certain moment in time. So many writers use talent as an excuse to not do something. That excuse comes in a ton of different forms. “I already know that, so I don’t have to learn more.” “I’m not talented at doing (blank), so not going to try that.” “Dean and Kris can do this, but I can’t.” And on and on and on. Basically this talent myth grows out of fear, out of laziness, out of a person’s past. Using the talent myth in either direction will stop you, hold you back, and…

  • Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing,  On Writing,  publishing,  Topic of the Night

    Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing: You Must Be Talented to Be a Professional Writer

    (This is a vastly updated chapter on this topic from six years ago if it sounds slightly familiar. But it needs to be a chapter in the new Sacred Cows book.) Chapter Four The word “talent” has been used for a very long time to destroy writers. I have always believed that the word is the worst myth of them all in publishing, so here goes a chapter that I’m sure will be annoying to some people. Especially to those of you who think you are talented. Okay, first to my trusty and well-worn Oxford American Dictionary for a standard definition. Talent: Special or very great ability, people who have…

  • On Writing,  publishing

    Chapter 12: Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing: The Myth of Talent

    Series Note: I am now working on updating each chapter and putting together this book, finally, after over 100,000 words that started back in 2009. So I am updating each chapter and putting it up here now for those who have not seen them.  One new updated chapter every few days will still take me all summer to finish. Feel free to make comments and talk about each topic. And again, anyone who has donated over the years will get a free electronic version of the book when it is all done. Thanks again for the support! — The word “talent” has been used for a very long time to…