5 Great Quotes: Writing – Talent or Hard Work?

“Discipline and constant work are the whetstones upon which the dull knife of talent is honed until it becomes sharp enough, hopefully, to cut through even the toughest meat and gristle.” – Stephen King

“Your experiences are the foundation for your story; your imagination takes it from there.” – J.R. Young

“However great a man’s natural talent may be, the act of writing cannot be learned all at once.” – Rousseau

“Writing doesn’t get easier with experience. The more you know, the harder it is to write.” – Tim O’Brien

“Talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a writer. But the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar.” – Stephen King


My name is Rob Bignell. I’m an affordable, professional editor who runs Inventing Reality Editing Service, which meets the manuscript needs of writers both new and published. I also offer a variety of self-publishing services. During the past decade, I’ve helped more than 300 novelists and nonfiction authors obtain their publishing dreams at reasonable prices. I’m also the author of the 7 Minutes a Day… writing guidebooks, four nonfiction hiking guidebook series, and the literary novel Windmill. Several of my short stories in the literary and science fiction genres also have been published.