Writing as an Artistic Talent
Being concerned with writing as an artistic talent: There are two different schools of thought when it comes to writing. The first one maintains that becoming a successful writer requires talent, while the second one sticks to the principle that only hard work breeds good writers. While having a healthy imagination is certainly necessary, creative skills such as writing can also be honed and channeled. As a writer, I personally think that both are essential. In fact, I would even go as far as saying that all successful writers have worked hard at developing their talent.
Let’s just consider the example of Jonathan Franzen for a moment, who is one of the greatest American authors of the 21st century:
“Fiction that isn’t an author’s personal adventure into the frightening or the unknown isn’t worth writing for anything but money.”
I will take the opportunity to discuss my point of view, and provide some arguments in favor of it.
Let me give you an example. In my English class, all the kids were taught the same grammar, spelling, and punctuation. We were all provided with the same tools we needed to put together coherent sentences, as well as understand and comprehend most of the literature that comes our way. I will be honest here, there were some kids in my class those were more talented than I was. It’s not that they weren’t passionate about writing. Because they were.
However, they weren’t as passionate about those classes as I was. They didn’t ask the teachers for additional exercises that would help them develop their talent. I used to my spend recess, as well as most of my evenings at the local library, reading books written by my favorite authors, and absorbing their style. It all begins with reading. If you don’t like reading, your chances of becoming a great writer are pretty slim.
Back in high school, I was equally good in all of the subjects, even though the writing was one of my strong suits, I decided not to pursue a career in it. It was something I was already good at, so why waste time studying it even more? It was really arrogant of me, which came back to haunt me later after I had taken a gap-year because I wasn’t passionate about my choice.
I took a year off and then started studying writing. It was my passion all along and I should have pursued it because it was something I was good at. During the first semester, everything felt right. I enjoyed every class, devouring the classics, and analyzing all of the stylistic nuances of writing. I learned proper style, the importance of editing and rewriting, as well as how to develop my own voice. It was something I would never have managed on my own.
It’s Not Skills vs. Talent; ITs Skills and Talent
I have noticed one thing that all creative professionals, and that includes writers, musicians, and painters, share. Their success is the result of their talent that was developed through years of hard work and practice. Talent alone will not get you far, in case you don’t have the passion for it and willingness to make sacrifices.
On the other hand, hard work will help you become better at your job, but it is your talent that will help you take your writing to a whole new level. Still, learning all the mechanical parts of writing, grammar, spelling, and punctuation are mandatory, because those elements also contribute to the great writing. Also, learning all the ins and out of plotting, character development, and style is important. Judging from my own personal experience, these are all elements which most people wouldn’t be able to learn on their own. Talent and dedication ultimately produce the best results.
Truth be told, not every talented out there has the opportunity to pursue further education and hone their writing skills. That doesn’t mean they should give up on their dream. If they work hard and keep at it, good things will happen eventually. But, if you are aware of your talent, and rely on it alone, you are missing out on a lot. Regardless of your talent, working on your skills should be your focus.
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About the author:
Amanda Wilson is a college student with a passion for writing, a freelance writer at PaperWriten. Her targeting topics are youth with their issues and writing solutions. As an artistic nature, she finds inspiration in traveling around the country, reading books in order to develop some brand new theory