Is a good writer gifted, talented or skilled? Or all of the above?
My dilemma began when I typed the words “talented writer” in a cover letter and suddenly imagined myself tap dancing with a notebook and pen. Could I win “America’s Got Talent” by writing? Doubtful. So I changed it to “gifted,” but neither word sufficiently credits practice and training.
Having exceptional talent or natural ability: “a gifted musician”.
Having exceptional intelligence: “gifted students”.
Synonyms: talented - able – clever – capable
Having a natural aptitude or skill for something: “a talented young musician”.
Synonyms: gifted - able – capable – clever
“Skilled,” on the other hand, gives practice and training all the glory.
Having or showing the knowledge, ability, or training to perform a certain activity well.
Based on such training or experience; showing expertise.
Synonyms: skillful – skilful – proficient – expert – adept
Maybe I should forgo all three and use “meticulous” instead before I waste any more time stressing about it.