Writers are made, not born

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Even today, many people still have the misconception that writing takes innate talent, that the ability to write good literature is a gift. But it’s not as though celebrated authors had nursed their would-be infamous poems and novels since they were born and just one day up and decided to write them down. It’s time we bust this myth of the born writer.

Firstly, writing takes experience. No one can write good stories, novels, essays, and poems without developing the sensibility to do so. It takes other-ness, lots of observation, studying contexts, and maturity to furrow the language or mine it for literary use. In other words, passion or skill or interest is not enough.

It’s not a simple case of sentence construction or subject-verb agreement; no one just has the knack for it. After all, we’ve to rise above the so-called cliché. Factors such as where one grows up, the availability of books, finding pleasure in reading, and devoting oneself to the craft help writers in both developing their works, literary or not.

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One doesn’t find a prodigy at, say, eight years of age writing profound essays and poems and novels. While talent can more easily be displayed with kids involved in other arts like dancing, playing the piano, or singing, it is simply not the same with writing. Thus, the serious writer should be able show others their work and take criticism. Almost always, the self-proclaimed writer is not yet a writer. Often it takes years or decades of validation, confirmation, and well, critically acclaimed actual books (not necessarily bestsellers, too) to truly make it.

Hi, there. My name is John Eilermann, a college student currently pursuing a degree in Comparative Literature. I’m from St. Louis, Missouri. Some of my favorite writers are Roald Dahl, C.S Lewis, Ned Vizzini, and Jonathan Franzen. More on my interests and hobbies here.

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