People say, ‘What advice do you have for people who want to be writers?’ I say, they don’t really need advice, they know they want to be writers, and they’re gonna do it. Those people who know that they really want to do this and are cut out for it,
A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage.
Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark places where it leads.
It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.
However great a man’s natural talent may be, the act of writing cannot be learned all at once.
Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely necessary.
There are many talented people who haven’t fulfilled their dreams because they over thought it, or they were too cautious, and were unwilling to make the leap of faith.
At one time I thought the most important thing was talent. I think now that the young man or the young woman must possess or teach himself, training himself, in infinite patience, which is to try and to try until it comes right. He must train himself in ruthless intolerance–that is to throw away anything that is false no matter how much he might love that page or that paragraph. The most important thing is insight, that is to be–curiosity–to wonder, to mull, and to muse why it is that man does what he does, and if you have that, then I don’t think the talent makes much difference, whether you’ve got it or not.
Writing is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to those who have none.
If I’d have gone to art school, or stayed in anthropology, I probably would have ended up back in film … Mostly I just followed my inner feelings and passions … and kept going to where it got warmer and warmer, until it finally got hot … Everybody has talent. It’s just a matter of moving around until you’ve discovered what it is.