How was Charlotte Brontë at 8? According to her school reports, she “‘[wrote] indifferently’ and ‘[knew] nothing of grammar, geography, history, or accomplishments”. Of course, she went on to write Jane Eyre, and as The Guardian points out, many a famous writer received middling reports in school, so maybe there’s hope for other “indifferent’ writers.
"No novel ever shared a point of view more effectively than ‘Jane Eyre’. From the minute the child Jane is unfairly locked in the Red Room by her vicious aunt, Charlotte Brontë gets us on her side. We see what she sees; we fall in love with ugly, rude Mr Rochester as she does. The voice of ‘Jane Eyre’ has no distance. It is raw, persuasive, exhilarating, just as it was in 1847."
- Bee Wilson discusses Charlotte Brontë’s voice