Born in 1756, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote the opera Mitridate Re Di Ponto in 1770, at age 14. He was so good at composing, that many of his works are still being preformed to this day.
Mozart isn’t the only child prodigy in history. Shirly temple starred in the film Carolina when she was 6. If you ever used Pascal’s Mystic Hexagram Thereom, Blaire Pascal wrote it when he was Sixteen! The point here is that we seem to live in a world where there are prodigies in every generation. We all know, or have at least heard of someone who excelled seemingly without trying.
What does that mean for the people who have to spend years practicing before they feel confident enough to share their creations?
Let me summarize the answer for you I to one word: Nothing.
Your learned abilities will never be made useless because someone else is better than you, or learned faster than you.
No talent or ability is discredited because you had to spend time learning it.
Writing is not an exception to this. If you want to be a better writer, but weren’t born with the ability to paint words the way Andy Worhol painted soup cans, that is not your fault, and it doesn’t mean you can’t be a writer.
While we do hear a lot about people with natural talent, never forget hard earned ability. If you want to write a specific genre or style, don’t start by saying “but I’m not creative” or “but someone else I know will always be better”. Instead, start by starting.
Pick what you want to write, and try it out. I won’t lie to you, your first time, and maybe your first twenty times, won’t be perfect, and some tries won’t even be good. Don’t be alarmed, that’s just how learning works.
Even Thomas Edison didn’t get it right the first time, in fact he made somewhere near a thousand light bulbs before one worked. But he never considered any of it a failure or waste of time.
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
And here is another Edison quote that is just as relevant
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
Don’t give up because you don’t get it right the first time. Don’t stop writing because you don’t think what just wrote is worth sharing. Keep at it, and you will get to a point where you are comfortable with writing.
So you aren’t a Mozart. I know I’m not, and I’m okay with that.