I know I’ve written on this before, but it bears repeating.
People come up to me all the time. They say, “You must be really talented.” I always laugh.
“No, I’m just really, really stubborn.”
The truth is, writing is a learned thing. Much like driving.
A person isn’t born knowing how to handle a stick shift or who goes first at a stop sign. It’s not automatic to know how much pressure to put on the breaks, or the gas pedal, for that matter. The map to the nearest grocery isn’t imprinted in our brains at birth.
So it is with a writer. We learn the elements of a good story. How to build tension. Correct dialogue (which is very different from real dialogue). And so much more.
And lots of practice.
Eventually, it becomes second nature. Like driving.
If you can learn to drive a car, or do anything, you’re stubborn enough to learn to write.