"Yes, Twi-haters, Stephenie Meyer has talent. So does Jackie Collins. So does James Patterson, and Harold Robbins, and all those writers who pump out terrible sex-and-shopping paperbacks with Fabio and a wind machine on the cover. Having talent is very different, you see, from being a good writer. Stephen King, a fellow who has certainly been accused of publishing dreck in his day, once defined writing talent thus (paraphrased): `If you write a book, if someone buys that book and pays you for it with a check that doesn't bounce, and if you cash that check and use it to pay the light bill, then you have talent.'”
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