I was so inspired I went onto her website out of curiosity. She's had to cancel some concerts recently due to vocal strain. I checked out the list of venues - my word, practically every day she was scheduled to perform in a different city in the UK and USA. Adele may be incredibly talented but she also works hard.
I wish I was as naturally gifted as Adele is. But I'm not, and there's no point in fretting about it. What I can do is work as hard as she does. Stephen King says he writes 2000 words a day, every day, including Christmas and birthdays. I don't, and my output reflects that. Regardless of how talented you may or may not be, if you don't put in the time, you won't get far.
So my tips to getting the writing X factor would always start with putting the time in. Then I'd add:
- learning about writing through reading.
- matching your voice to the right form.
- being persistent.
- keeping the faith
- being patient.
To be honest, even if you're as super-talented as Adele is, unless you have the other elements it won't make any difference how talented you are. Becoming a writer is all about a package of factors, and not just one arbitrary element called talent.