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Writing - Is It A Gift Or Learned?
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I wish I knew how to write. As a kid, I used to dream of being a famous author who makes up a story so brilliant the whole world will want to read it. Images of hero's and heroines filled my childish mind. Pictures of faraway, exotic, and magical places flashed behind my closed eyes as the magnificent colors evaded my thoughts. Pirates, buried treasure, daring plots, and heroic acts all flooded within my stories. But, when I tried to put my thoughts on paper - nothing happened. It was as if the paper had become my story and it's author was mocking me... that's when I began to wonder - Is writing a gift or learned?

Some people have a way of telling stories that are so rich in their content and so descriptive in their words that they are able to transport me from reality to remembrance. From being a bystander to being part of what occurred. I find that their words hold power, persuasion, and entertainment. I listen, with slight envy, that they are able to carry others away with them, with little effort, to a world of their own control and in so doing, make something in the past come to life in the present. How do they do it?

So, that's my question to you - is writing learned or comes as a gift? Sure, you've heard of and maybe even taken a crash course on "creative writing" but does that really mean that you can write or that you've merely been given another's road map on how to put words together? I want to learn, really, I do, but it seems that no matter how many novels I read, not matter how many attempts I try at writing, I seem to always fall short of writing a story worth reading.

Perhaps it's my content or maybe a shortage of adjectives in my sentences. Maybe I lack imagination. Perhaps it's a slight of an issue of not putting together the English language well enough (English was never my strong suit in school). I'm not sure, but I want to know. I want to learn how to captivate, entertain, and write articles of content and worth - those things that make great stories. I want to explore the realm of the power of language and how to write to stir people but my lack of talent leaves me wondering - can I learn how to write or is a lack of a gift mean "out of luck"?

Whichever it might be, I suppose I'll keep writing and try to solve my lack of ability and in so doing, perhaps discover another talent that I never knew I had...


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You need to read your first paragraph . . . over and over again. You have a knack: you have very vivid imagery in that paragraph. The rest of your article flows smoothly, and has a strong linear thread to it. Writing strong stories takes a lot of practice, and some general knowledge of the craft. Experienced writers recommend that you both read IN your genre of interest and ABOUT your genre of interest . . .with some forays into other types of fiction if fiction is your goal. For example, my creative writing goal is to do Christian romance, which differs in emphasis from secular romance. However, it has a generalized four-part structure . . . which interestingly enough is quite similar to the structure of persuasive writing. So, I have read as widely as I could afford not only in Christian romance but general Christian fiction, and have also read Gayle Gaymer Martin's book on how to go about it. We all need to fill the well somewhat, and to feed into your creative minds as well as to produce output. In answer to your question: some of both. I think it was Mark Twain who when asked if he could teach people to write replied "I can teach writers to write." Most of us struggle at first and then again from time to time, but people with an innate attraction to writing tend to find themselves more drawn to the craft of writing than people who do not enjoy the activity.

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