Talent, with its overinflated rating, has its place.
As a writer, you have a responsibility. It calls you like the sound of a clarion, to something upward and truly fulfilling. You wouldn't want to trade that off for spiff if you knew any better. Being prolific ought to be unagitated. Like still waters thrusting into the deep of one’s soul to activate sediments of hard earned resources - your everyday experience of life - in literary enterprise.
You are what you write!
You can't rely on talent alone!
Fear is a mortal sin. So many writers have fallen like seed by the wayside because they were afraid of draught-petrified they might run out of stories. A far greater number of writers have given up their dreams of taking up writing as a career before they ever got started, scared of someone scoffing at their ideas. I do not for one moment believe that either of these two sets of writers lacked a writer's talent. What they lacked obviously is a fighting spirit.
Secondly, a lot of writers are stuck in a rut because they have priority issues.
Until you learn to treat your craft with the awe and respect it deserves, you will never beat the mediocre level. If you are one of those who take writing as a random pastime game (unless your goal is not to get published or to master the craft) be assured that your days as a writer are numbered. I just don't see it happening.
Goals mean everything. They are maps that point us to our dreams especially when we have them written down. If you see your goals on paper - where/who you want to be in five/ten years from now. And visualize your objectives, the short term goals that evaluate your progress monthly, weekly, daily, in black and white it's going to be near-impossible for fear of ridicule to penetrate your fortified defense.
Get your priorities straightened out. Writing is an adventure, the greatest of ‘em all. You go on an adventure with your bags packed, faculties prepared for whatever pops out from a corner in the woods.
Your writing periods should be planned. Set apart a time to scribble a few words everyday. You may have to squeeze time out of no time. Make it count.
Attend these suggestions with diligence. Soon you will discover that the problem is not talent related but an enthusiasm issue.
'Instead of saying, "I want to be a writer," and then sitting around wishing I were a writer, I’ve been really trying to throw myself into it. . . It’s taken me a long time to get around to writing. I’m forty-one years old and this is my first collection of stories. I don’t think I could have gotten to it much earlier. . . '
The words of Kevin Canty. I think we all could plunge ourselves into the inspiration of these words in absolute abandon and allow the waves of exuberance sweep us off the shores into the seas of deliberate prolificacy!
Keep your pen bleeding!