13 May, 2007

Why talent is irrelevant

Between the Pavement and the Stars:

"Regardless of the amount of talent that you had in the first place, sometimes hard work and experience will tip the scales in your favour."


Tony said...

Mark Greig on here - says you have to have, amongst other things

A gift - he says it twice.
Hard work alone is wishful thinking?

Robin Kelly said...

Writing does perhaps come more easily to some people than others, for whatever reason, but I think that the gap can be made up for with hard work.

One person may be able to nail something in two drafts, another may need to slog away at it for four drafts to get the same quality. But they can achieve the same quality.

I find that the 'gifted' 'talented' writers tend to pre-write and re-write. They're not given some magic power at birth.

My frustration with rubbish writing on TV and film is simply because I believe the writers are capable of doing better, if they can be arsed, just like all of us.

tony said...

The talent has to be there to begin with though - in a first draft?

Which brings us full circle to where your blog is and where I found the "Why talent is irrelevant" comment - on the BBC Writers Room page!

So sadly, re-writes are not an option for most of us out here. The writing has to be good enough in the first instance and mine, along with the majority is dreck.

But - I think saying writers can do better 'if they can be arsed' means little to those who already work hard with families and full-time jobs and don't have the luxury of running scripts past professional colleagues as some are able to do.

Mark Greig clearly believes there has to be a gift, or magic power as you might call it and he speaks with authority.

Rubbish writing on TV and film -I would question why the writing opportunity was ever granted.

I believe quality and talent do not equate to the same thing but that's your opinion and you, like me, can only speak from personal experience.