Talent is so necessary, so impossible to fake, so incapable of being taught. Everyone thinks you can learn to write, but that’s not true. Non-fiction, yes, but fiction requires talent. You can’t go to college and learn it. In fact I think too much college can stifle it. It crosses all demographic barriers: Some rich people have it; some poor people have it. And talent is not fair. It’s given to the most undeserving of people. You know when you have it, because writing comes easy to you. You may not like to write or you may procrastinate, whatever—but when you write, it comes easy. The words come easy. You may kill yourself trying to decide between two turns of a phrase, but the two phrases came easy. A talented writer has a way with words. They have a clever way of putting things. That’s what separates them. Having said all that, I’m wondering if you think there is anyway to create a talent for writing. Is there some way to live your life, some book to read, what?