It's possible that one is simply not good at writing... right? Like, not able to write in an efficient manner, or produce quality writing no matter the amount of time they put into it. Just like someone can not be good at cooking, guitar, video games, carpentry, phlebotomoy, math, running, or other things. Right?

@nebunez if it does bring you joy, how can you personally tell it is not good?

@peter @nebunez To become a better writer, it's essential to read lots of good writing. Find people who are good at the kind of writing you want to do, and steep yourself in their work.

And work it really is. Paul Graham, for example, writes calmly, simply and compellingly, but spends weeks or months on each essay and asks friends to review it. His writing may sound like a relaxed fireside chat, but he works hard to achieve that effect.

I think that writing itself is a skill, not a talent: you get out of it what you're willing to put into it, in terms of study and practice.

Inspired, artistic writing -- great fiction, powerful essays -- may involve some kind of talent. Or perhaps just a great love of doing it.

But if you just need to write a manual people can understand, that's a thing you can learn.

OTOH, you may not want to put in that effort. There are people who enjoy it. And that's why they get good at it.

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