I read this over and over last night and thought I'd post it here for discussion. He wrote, with regards to the approach on his book, "...while it is impossible to make a competent writer out of a bad writer, and while it is equally impossible to make a great writer out of a good one, it is possible, with lots of hard work, dedication, and timely help, to make a good writer out of a merely competent one." Each time I finished, I thought "Oh ****! If I'm a bad writer, I better hang up my hat now." But then I thought, doesn't life experience and age play into this as well? I feel like this is saying "Once a bad writer, always a bad writer." What are your thoughts?