When a group of writers gets together, the writing topic frequently comes up. Within the writing profession, there are subgenres. For some writers, talking about a project before it’s finished hinders their creativity, but for others, an outline is needed before they can even begin to write. Those who either like to compose their works by hand or can only do it using an older-style manual typewriter. Those who work best in perfect stillness, those who prefer to produce in noisy environments, and those who write while listening to music. However, one of the most contentious debates that can be found among authors is on the nature of writing and whether it is a skill, a craft, or a gift.
I will first say that I enjoy fanning the flames a little since I can argue all three arguments. However, depending on my writing, I may find that one opinion holds more weight for me personally than the other two. I am well aware that writing is a skill in its own right. I’ve seen talented authors become proficient writers through practice and determination. I have seen this in the classroom, in writing conferences, and in newsrooms. Because of the extent to which I have seen this progression, I am confident that the ability to write is both a skill that can be acquired and a skill that can be taught.
Writing is a craft; I should know because I’ve done it all: written, edited, and read. Crafting means “to make or manufacture with care, skill, or inventiveness,” as stated in the definition. A talented writer cannot only hold our attention and provide us with knowledge, but they can also compose a narrative, poem, or essay that appeals to our emotional side in addition to our intellectual side. Individuals who have gone above and beyond simply being talented to become craftsmen and craftswomen can rely on their knowledge, experience, and instinct to create writing that does more than merely deliver; instead, it sings.
Writing is a talent that I am aware of, thanks to the fact that I both write and read. Some writers simply have a trait that sets them apart from the rest of the pack, enabling them to achieve prominence in their field. Are authors nurtured or naturally gifted? For some, a unique vision of this world (or another) speaks to our souls in a way that others cannot. For others, it is a rare talent to mold words into images and ideas. Many individuals believe that some naturally talented authors are born with it, but I don’t buy that. There is a possibility that you were born with writing talent, but I believe that most writers develop their skills through time.
They are made in the rocking chair as your mother reads “Goodnight, Moon,” under the covers with a flashlight as you simply must finish “The Hobbit,” they are made when you proudly pocket your first library card, when you fill your first notebook, when you submit your first poem, article, or story for publication, when you receive your first rejection letter, and they are made when you first turn the computer on to write.
I believe that some authors have extraordinary talent, but does that mean that it was a gift given to them in its entirety, or was it a talent nurtured over many years of reading, writing, talking about words, and thinking about them? In conclusion, I think of writing as a combination of all three: a skill, an art, and a gift. While some authors discover that their ability covers all three levels, others remain stuck at the skill level throughout their careers.
Are you just starting out as a writer and having trouble coming up with ideas you have to write? In that case, you are not the only one. It takes time and practice for any writer, regardless of how skilled or highly schooled they have been, to learn how to rapidly generate ideas. Therefore, do not let this deter you. Instead, you should educate yourself by reading the guidance offered by other authors.
The first piece of guidance I have for you is straightforward: write about subjects that interest you. You should draw inspiration from topics that are important to you. Think about the important things that matter to you, and let those thoughts inspire your writing. When I’m stuck on topics to write about, I always find that returning to the topics I’m most passionate about helps me break out of the rut.
Reading improves writing, which leads to my next point. Just read.
Every single talented writer I am familiar with is also an avid reader. Why? Simply because we can improve our writing by reading other authors’ works. It is one of the most valuable things a writer can do, and every writer should try to do it. Reading keeps us engaged with language and gives us fresh ideas. So if you’re stuck, pick up a magazine and read a couple of articles. Don’t worry about being copied. The more you read, the less likely you will copy what you’ve read.
Before beginning to write, it is good to give some thought to the people reading it. As a writer, you should always make an effort to connect with your readership and impact the lives of those readers. You should write about things important to the audience the same way you want to write about things important to you. Nobody is going to read something that is entirely uninteresting to them. Therefore, find out what concerns individuals the most. Carry out polls, or have a conversation with some of your friends who are avid readers. The most valuable resource for writers is the reading public.
Writing may be an enjoyable and stimulating experience. Take it easy, unwind, and savor the moment in its entirety. You will not last long at something you hate.