They will probably be hustlers, too

In a creative writing class of twenty people anywhere in this country, six students will be startlingly talented. Two of those might actually publish something by and by.

What distinguishes those two from the rest?

They will have something other than literature itself on their minds. They will probably be hustlers, too. I mean that they won’t want to wait passively for somebody to discover them. They will insist on being read.

From an interview with Kurt Vonnegut in The Paris Review.