Is that a good covered call trader, is a good stock picker. Those that are succuessfull as covered call writers, probably would be even more successful if they just went long the stocks. Likewise, a bad covered call writer, is a bad stock picker. But a bad covered call writer won't lose as much as a pure buy and holder. So if you are a bad stock picker, than writing covered calls will help you. But if you are any good, just buy the stocks.