do you have the talent?

@meipan (719)
Philippines
December 27, 2008 5:45am CST
do i really need a talent for writing a book or a story? i always have the idea of good scenes but i think i'm the only one who's interested with it. Am i weird? or it just so happen that i really don't have a talent to write a good story... i observed that i'm good in telling my stories than to write them. how pathetic... when i'm in a good mood for writing and a lot of ideas comes in my mind, the one that you called destiny will ruined my momentum... how funny... i dream someday that i will release some book that not only me or my friends would read it, but people will surely search for my works... i like to have an ideas or stories that will be inspires or touch the lives of people but i don't it to be too much dramatic... i want it to be funny but with sense... i want it to be mark and always remember every time they faced a situation that was similar in my stories... but... how could i do that if i don't have the talents or at least the ideas?
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3 responses
• United States
29 Dec 08
Writing fascinating, gripping, page-turning stories is definitely a talent, but like most talents, it has to be nurtured to grow into its ultimate purpose. Try keeping a daily journal. In this journal, write: . Descriptions of everyone you meet or even someone you pass on the street who grabs your attention enough to make you look twice. Become a people watcher. . Descriptions of your surroundings from home to school or office to the dark alley you pass on the way home. What are the materials used in the building? Is it old stone, the new glass on all sides, brick, wood or aluminum siding? Is the building old or new? The alley you pass, does it look ominous or just lightly shaded. Is it clean or has trash been dumped all around an old dumpster? Is your school room warm and friendly or do you dread walking through the door? . Sentences or phrases that pop into your head. For instance, the words 'Sculling Scotty' kept running around my head for days. It resulted in a story about a Scottish terrier who rows racing sculls. Weird, but different enough to catch attention. . Feelings that come to you throughout the day. Did the lady who ran into you at the market make you angry for a moment? Did it pass quickly or did you hang on to the anger? Did you feel happy when you sat at the table to eat? Why? Was it seeing your family first thing in the morning? Or did Mom serve your absolute favorite meal? Maybe the rain over the past week finally stopped. What all of this does is provide background for your writing. It gives you the starting site - maybe getting on a bus and seeing a man you fear just as he sees you. You have a list of feelings to choose from out of your journal. Did you stomach flutter? Did your heart skip a beat? Did the urge to run blank out everything else? Describe the bus as it came to the stop where you waited. Was it shining like new money? Did it have its share of dents and dings? Maybe you noticed a window halfway down near the back of the bus. You have the man's description from the man you saw on the street, who walked around with his long coat on, buttoned to his neck, collar turned up when the temperature was hot enough to fry eggs on the sidewalk. Is he that cold? Or is he trying to hide his identity? Write every day - do not make excuses to skip this valuable time. The more you write, the more you learn. Also join sites like FanStory.com, but be prepared to listen to what critics say without taking it personally. They are helping you learn your craft. No matter how good you think your writing is and no matter what your loving parents say, the fact is the three of you are the worst people to critique your work. You think it is perfection and they don't want to hurt your feelings because they think YOU are perfect. Good luck, my friend. I am available to help if you need me. Maggie
@meipan (719)
• Philippines
17 Jan 09
you are a good adviser, i wonder if you're a professional writer?
• United States
17 Jan 09
I've been writing and working on my craft for many years and have a few items published. So far, I have not hit the brass ring yet and been able to live off just writing. I am happy to help whenever you need it. Maggie
@insulin (2483)
• Philippines
27 Dec 08
Well for me,it is not really a talent and anyone can have the chance to write a book if they really have the interest.If you are not interested in one thing then it will be difficult for you to start.You cannot push yourself to make a task if you really don't want it but if you are inspired and willing to do everything and setting a goal in that matter then you can write a book even if you are not that talented person.Remember,all of us have unique talents but some of us still did not discover their real talent or in what region of field they are in.If you want to make a book,try to open to mind and describe everything around you and never doubt to put a single word in a paper.Let your mind and hands flow itself on what do you want to write.Don't think just put anything you want in that paper and then after that you can have editing or stuffs that you don't want.It's kinda easy and always thinks its never been difficult.Keep it up and God bless..:-0
• Philippines
10 Jan 09
thanks to your advise, and it helps me a lot.
@patgalca (13681)
• Orangeville, Ontario
1 Jan 09
It's not really a talent or an interest; it's a passion. I started like you, telling stories. I began writing later on in life and with the help of a writing group and some workshops/seminars my writing has improved tremendously. The passion comes within you... the need to write. Just write. If you feel you can just write and write, not matter the grammar, spelling or punctuation, then just keep doing it. You can clean up the other stuff later. I think if you have the passion, the talent will come with practice. Just keep writing and don't stop. Good luck.