A recently released volume of insights by writer Susan Sontag, titled Reborn: Journals & Notebooks 1947-1963, include a bit of wisdom of the four qualities that compose a writer. Sontag, 28 at the time, said:
“The writer must be four people:
The nut, the obsédé
1 supplies the material; 2 lets it come out; 3 is taste; 4 is intelligence.
A great writer has all 4 — but you can still be a good writer with only 1 and 2; they’re most important.”
Source: Brain Pickings