The definition is open to interpretation, especially with an artist. What’s your writing talent?
What is Writing Talent?
When it comes to writing a book, everyone can do it. I would think most people know how to put words on a piece of paper or word document and call it a story. Just because people have that knowledge, though, that doesn’t mean the book is good. So, what is talent in regards to becoming a successful writer?
If you’ve never tried writing a story a day in your life, you can’t expect to be good at it. In my opinion, skills like this you can’t be born with. You might have a natural love for it or a knack for picking up the skill quickly, but no one can be great at anything if you don’t do it regularly.
If you want to be a great writer, you have to keep writing. There’s always new rules and trends that come along and different ways to construct a book. If you let your skills get rusty, you may never be able to keep up with everything that’s happening in the business.
Write, write, write!
You may think that editing and revision is just a job for the editor, but if you don’t know how to implement an editor’s notes or improve the work yourself, then you might not be reaching your full potential.
Know which parts of the story work and which ones need to be changed. If you like one part, but don’t think it fits, save it for a rainy day. Rework the piece, cut out the crap, and revise what you can to express your message in a better way.
Take some classes or join workshops if you need to brush up your skills. Talent means knowing what your books needs, whether it’s your skills or those of another person.
If you want a writing career, you can’t give up. With each new story you write, you’re getting better and smarter. When I was in high school, I tried writing a novel and thought it was the best thing in the world! I even sent it to a publisher, but got rejected.
I was devastated, of course, seeing as I was so young and naive. Comparing that novel to the work I do now, I cringe. That novel was nowhere near ready enough to be published. It was cliche and unfocused, but if I never wrote it I would never know how to improve.
Becoming successful takes time, and I’m still working every day to be more skilled and get my name out there. I can’t give up, even when I’m at my lowest point and never think I’ll get discovered. I have to keep writing and pushing forward, because I never know when my big break will be. Plus, I have a lot more to say through my stories!
There’s a lot of choices and things to understand when you’re a writer. Ask yourself several questions so you know which direction you want to take:
What’s my genre?
Who are my characters?
What adventure will I take them on?
What’s my writing style?
What message do I want to convey?
The list of questions could go on forever, but if you never ask them then you may not have a very organized book. Sometimes you find the answers while you’re actually writing, then revision becomes very useful. As long as you keep asking yourself what you’re doing and why, you can create an amazing book. No matter how long it takes!
Thanks for reading this! What do you think writing talent is? Share in the comments!
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