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Do I need a natural talent to become a great writer

It is true that people are born with natural talents, this is easily seen by everyone just by looking at there own lives. But where does true greatness stem from? Is it in the gene's, a natural god given talent? Or is true talent and greatness taught and learned? Social sciences mainly psychology, now tell us that we are born with similar behaviour patterns to our relatives, passed down to us in the genes of our parents. But the psychologist say this doesn't make up who we really are, about seventy percent of us is learned, from the experiences we have and the things we see in life.

So that means even if we are born with some natural talent, in order to become great at it, we must practice and learn. Natural talent is only going to get you so far, the rest is up to your dedication and committment. This is where the ten thousand hour rule comes in. One thing which has become apparent through record checking, is that any man or women who has had great success in there chosen fields in life, have usually put in there ten thousand hours.

The saying "get a child young and the possibilities are endless," is hundreds of years old, and proves people have known full well how important the thousand hour concept is. If you are a writer wanting to achieve but are not sure if you can, then take in the words above and see if they make sense to you. There is no point in writing and wanting the success straight off, you need to put it in your ten thousand hours, only then will you be ready for greatness.

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AliCanary wrote on March 19, 2015, 9:09 AM

Absolutely agree. I teach drawing, and I tell my students that they mustn't think they can't draw because they don't have some sort of mysterious "talent"--I'm not a magical unicorn! I just have years and years of practice. You can get better at any skill, if you work at it. If you have an aptitude for it, lucky you, but you still have to develop the skill, and anyone can learn to do that.

scheng1 wrote on March 19, 2015, 9:20 AM

Sometimes I think poverty is the factor to great writing. The author of Harry Potter is one good example.

micksy1983 wrote on March 19, 2015, 9:54 AM

very true, but great writers all through out history came from money, it is dedication and commitment which prevails in the end.

scheng1 wrote on March 19, 2015, 9:56 AM

I think all great writers need money to put food on the table, that's why they have the dedication to write.

micksy1983 wrote on March 19, 2015, 9:57 AM

thanks for the great response, its good to hear your giving the kids good important information off your own back, keep up the good work, teachers are way underated in there importance to society as a whole, they, you hold the key to the future in your hands.

micksy1983 wrote on March 19, 2015, 9:58 AM

not all but in todays world I have got to agree, writing for a living is very attractive to many today, but difficult to acheive

MegL wrote on March 19, 2015, 10:32 AM

Yes, very true. Many people say they want to be artists or writers but they want to be "perfect" straight away, no mistakes or practice allowed! You wouldn't expect to drive a train or fly a plane without training and practice. You have to put in the work before you can become an overnight success!

micksy1983 wrote on March 19, 2015, 2:43 PM

very true, and very well said too.