If you wrote something for which someone sent you a check, if you cashed the check and it didn’t bounce, and if you then paid the light bill with the money, I consider you talented. Stephen King, On Writing
Stephen King wrote that.
On good days, I remember that Stephen King — a man with both an amazing body of work and an absurdly cute dog — thinks I’m talented. I can’t use my income from writing to buy a solid gold pony, or even a solid gold hamster, but some years I made enough to keep myself in beer, books and boots.