I'm sure that many of us have some degree of talent, and many of us pour countless hours of hard work into our writing, but how does one know if he has The Gift? Does one ever even know? I guess one reasonable way for a writer to tell if he is gifted is to have published books and received flattering reviews on all of them, but it seems that by the time a writer could even reach that point, he would know already. I wonder how some of the great writers felt about themselves during the beginning stages of their careers. I think a lot of them knew they had at least something, but was the true extent of their talent apparent to them? I wonder how many of them suffered from self-doubt during the journey. I'm sure many aspiring writers believe that they are talented, but actually confirming it is something else. I guess talent is hard to measure. What do you guys think?