“Technique is more than anything else a means of evading the personally impossible, of disguising a deficiency.” A good writer is “consciousness of what he cannot do,” so says Graham Greene.
The more I think, the more I think he’s right. An athletes talents and weakness are so often, more apparent than an artists. A 300lb football player is more likely to be a successful linemen than receiver. He would be silly to mold himself into something he is not. But how is a writer to know is they are a lineman or a receiver? How do you learn your strengths to play on them?