What gives one person the ability to write well and another not?
I have been pondering this the last few days.
What gives writers the capability of putting pen to paper, to express ‘their voice’ more adequately or easier than others?
Are writers simply born with a natural talent, or is it to do with genetics?
Some gift that has allowed us not only to have a vivid imagination, but the skill to transfer that imagination into mere words on a paper.
Do we need a ‘gazillion’ adverbs to show our writing skills?
Do we have to study, to read, to in fact practice the artistry of writing?
I am in two minds on this. I have learnt through others that I follow, about the show don’t tell theory (with my poetry or prose). I am slowly but surely, putting this into practice.
In life I have the gift of the gab and as you are aware can prattle on about virtually anything, does this gab gift help me?
Certain situations, yes, for some of my writing it’s a complete hindrance. However in saying that, it is in the eye of the beholder isn’t it? What one may love, another may hate.
My mum bless her keeps saying “You were always writing, you must have got it from your Aunty Maud, because she always wrote”. Is it in fact something that you are born with?
Are writers confident in what they do (not always). As we write, no one is witness to the dilemmas we face. Do we need to edit, re-write, throw it away and start again. Sometimes the process isn’t an easy one, it can be as frustrating as hell, yet sometimes a piece can be written in the space of 10 minutes which people are in awe over.
Writers, are we also good at public speaking? We can write, we have a voice, do we have a voice in public? Do we shudder, flushed cheeks and sweaty palms when asked to speak in front of those we don’t or do know?
Or is it something that we fear – because we are seen, unlike our writing, (in most cases) no-one knows who we are, therefore we are more comfortable.
Some writers have studied how to write, to share their imagination, to relay their feelings, to use correct grammar, structure, how much of this is natural and how much is gained knowledge?
I do not have fear of public speaking, though yes, I can blush at the beginning, but then that diminishes.
I have not studied how to write or use extended words to get my point across. I am perhaps am a ‘simple’ writer, one who hasn’t the vocabulary that other writers do. This does not and will not stop me from trying or continuing however.
I write because I have an intense love for it, a must do, if you like. Was I born with this love, if not how did it develop? Reading – I do very little compared to others. Study – I have not done that, so I must think that somewhere in my genetic make-up is a little gene or two saying you can do this. Was I born with a gift? I do not have the answer.
I’m not sure, possibly I have my Aunty Maud to thank, for I know that I could not live without writing every day.
I would be interested in any thoughts you may have.