Since the quill pen was invented people have contemplated the idea of whether writing was a natural born talent or just plain hard work. We writers wish and pray for the times when our muse visits us and the words flow onto the page. But are we less of a writer without the muse? Should we wait around for it to visit, writing only when we feel inspired? Well sure, if you don't want to be an author. Authors, those writers who've crossed into publication, know how and when to push.
I believe writing is not one or the other, but both a talent and a lot of hard work. Can everyone write well? Absolutely not. Can everyone learn how to? I believe they can. Don't get me wrong, I also believe a certain amount of talent must exist. But if we wait around for the times when our muse whispers in our ear and moves that pencil across the page or those fingers along the keyboard, we may never finish our works in progress and we may never learn. I certainly wouldn't be working on my seventh novel if I waited around for that fickle sprite to drop in on me.
Still not convinced? Think of this way. Do you dance better when you've had a few glasses of wine, or do you just think you do? Be honest, you don't. It's the same with your muse. When you're tipsy on inspiration you don't necessarily write your best work, it just feels like you do. Sweat and determination is what gets that novel written, not your muse. I love my muse and look forward to when it visits, but I'm not going to wait around and neither should you. Editing will smooth the edges and fill out the anorexic parts. Don't be afraid of that rough first draft, embrace it, write it! Your muse will visit sometime during the process.
Check out this article from Writer's Digest on Inspiration or Perspiration: http://writersdigest.com/article/inspiration-vs-perspiration/