Let’s Start at the Very Beginning*

Don’t miss mystery writer/blogger Margot Kinberg’s guest post on #MotiveMeansOpportunity — you don’t want to miss it!


By Margot Kinberg


I saw an interesting interview with Billy Joel (come on, if you know me at all, you’ll know I had to include something about Billy Joel here!). In it, he was asked why he has such ‘staying power’ – such a lasting influence. His response has stayed with me. He said, ‘I’m competent.’

By that, he didn’t mean a false-modesty sort of answer. Rather, he meant that he’s honed the basics you need to create music. Whether you’re a fan of his music or not, I think most people would agree that he’s got a lot of talent. His point was that it’s not just natural talent; it’s also working on and developing the skills that go into writing and performing music.

That part of the interview has stayed with me, because, at least for me, quality writing is very similar. It’s not just a matter of…

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