In an NPR interview, Anna Deveare Smith alluded to three areas of knowledge that a successful playwright must have
1. Creative Intuition (or "talent" as she put it)
2. Knowledge of craft
3. Knowledge of the business
2 and 3 can be taught.
She also posed the question: "Do you want to be in the arts to have your name well known or do you want to show the world something through your eyes?"