Some writing I connect with, it’s effortless to read, smooth and flowing. It’s almost as if I’m there with the author reading it to me … and not just fiction or poetry, I’ve experienced the same in serious writing too …
Other writing is like pulling my own fingernails out, utter boredom and turns me from a concentrated spectator to someone with the attention span of a goldfish …
Are some writers special snowflakes – lady luck shines on them ? Or is there room to change from a mediocre or wannabe writer to an awesome writer through effort and practice ?
IS there a je ne sai quoi, a special something that separates the women from the girls and the men from the boys when it comes to writing ?
Talent ? Skill ? Practice ? Passion ? Enthusiasm ? Creativity ? Empathy ? Intelligence ? Rich parents ? Chocolate ?
Some of you aren’t writers, some are wannabe writers and some of you are writers – what do you think it is that makes a writer a special snowflake, versus the rest of us ?
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143 thoughts on “There’s Writers And Then There’s Writers”
I’ve taught creative writing classes for adults for many years. And I’m constantly amazed at how many GREAT writers there are out there. The secret? I teach them to let go of thinking and to LET GO. Once they do that, and put pen to paper, amazing stories pour forth. Non-fiction and fiction. One of the must do’s to be a “good” writer? Write – every day if possible – and don’t write to “say something.” Just write your inside out.
I think it is all about thinking to be a writer. Just write something, whatever comes to your mind. This is how I do it myself. I don´t think about is the idea good or bad. What is bad and boring for me, may be good for others. And it is very hard to evaluate yourself…
Fair point. Cheers Don
One thing that helps is perseverance!
Aint that the truth in most things in life !
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My pleasure “de nada”. Glad to be in touch 🙂
“There’s writers and then there’s writers”….
There’s a tweet writer who’s nothing but an inciter.
I’m all right with “writers and then there’s writers”
But the tweet writer who Trumps them all is a blighter.
Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed reading.
But I’m not in “Orange man bad” camp, so kinda doubly funny for me 🙂
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That’s very kind of you, thank you.
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They are lovely people, great blog and would probably welcome an award.
Thanks very much indeed for acknowledging and for your suggestion.
Of course, no worries 🙂
I think it’s a mixture of practice, criticism and (not necessarily) skill. With criticism I mean all those comments which help you improve your writing, not those which only wear you down without being of any help, like in e.g. “You can’t write because I don’t like your writing style.” (Of course good criticism can also hurt, especially when you get the first comments for a story, post, whatever you’re very fond of, but it always helps you improve.)
🙂 I call constructive criticism praise, the carrot learns me far quicker than the stick …
It depends on what or who you are writing for. If you write for mags, newspapers or had a book published (which means you are a published author) then you are indeed a writer. Every writing market has its own game (and rules) and if you learn how to navigate it then you can get published very quickly.
But of course, you have to know how to write also. That means perfecting grammar, voice, and all those other boring writing skills that editors seem to like and demand so much.
So, yes, anyone can learn how to be a good writer. But it helps if you are naturally gifted.
Give it a shot – what have you got to lose?
That’s my moto … give it a shot, what’s the worst that can happen ?