Some believe that only certain people can be good writers. Since I barely practice, I can not judge myself when it comes to this. But the idea that some people will never write well bothers me. I can understand if someone is handicapped, but if someone has average intelligence, they should be able to learn how to write well through practice. All the necessary skills, those of grammar, logic, rhetoric, rhythm, thought, observation, story-telling etc, can be learned. I think the reason so many people never learn how to write quality fiction is that they fail to divide and conquer. Clearly, seeing that writing skills are not one skill, but all these other skills, they must all be cultivated. But so many people have no idea what they are doing. They think they are practicing, but they are just repeating the same mistakes over and over again. The worse advice of all is that which suggests that one constantly write without putting any effort in to do things a better way, If I kept shooting a basketball the same way, no matter how many hours I shot it, I would never improve. So I believe that everyone is capable of writing like a professional, as long as they are not mentally handicapped, but the reason why so many seem to struggle is that they refuse to do things a different way. Either they cannot see that they are doing the same thing over and over again, or they refuse to try new things. Should we really believe that some people will never be good at math, people who have the same level of intelligence as those who are excellent at math? Why is it any different with writing? Most of the people who think others will never be able to write are writers. They think that because they are writers, they are qualified to assess potential. But the people who are most qualified to assess potential are scientists, and what do they say? They are not in agreement with those writers. What do you think?