Sometimes I think I need more talent, more drive, and more brains–as if I’m the first person in the history of inadequacy to feel that way. The most common thought is–if I were smarter, I’d know how to fix this (this being my writing).
Other days, I think I am not a disaster and I’ve done all right enough with what I’ve got. My writing may be weird, but it’s mine. I made it. I quite like it flaws and all. And then I worry–is that vain?
Maybe it is art. Maybe it is a bunch of sticks held together with 20 year old silver tape.
What skill (ability, talent, quality, thing) do you think you still need to take your writing from a bunch of words to the real thing? Or if you know that you have written the real thing (i.e. a finished, polished, ready for publication novel), what skill (etc.) helped you get it there?