There’s Writers And Then There’s Writers


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 ?

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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 ?

Cheers

Don Charisma

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130 thoughts on “There’s Writers And Then There’s Writers

  1. 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.)

  2. 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?

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