"Writing is a skill, not a talent, and thus one's ability as a writer can be improved by thoughtful effort. The problem with some people is that they graduate college as good writers, experience early success on account of that, and thus never devote themselves diligently to the relentless quest for improvement that could make them great writers."
My JSU classmate Gloria Grady recently turned 50, and someone sent her this video: Apparently this was on the Jay Leno show a few weeks ago, but I hadn't seen it. If you've already seen it, excuse me if it's kinda old. (NTTAWWT.)