WRITING: Do you have the talent for writing?
When a writer complains about their conditions, their inability to write, it is usually one of two things that are causing it:
1. The writer is not managing themselves properly
2. The writer doesn’t have any talent for the task they've set themselves
The first point, I think everyone can understand. If not, read my blog post here and you’ll get a better idea. The second point can be a little off-putting. I mean, why should you need a talent for writing when you love to do it?
Well, talents can be summed up neatly by heading them with the labels:
(a) behaviour, and;
What follows is a list of some of those behavioural and attitudinal talents and, what’s more important, is that they need no real talent to perform them. See if you have any of them.
Ethics – being ethical in your writing doesn’t just mean being good to others. It means making an effort, being consistent, reliable and honest with yourself. Great sports heroes have this quality in abundance. They commit to the goal and they achieve it. This requires huge amounts of ethical effort, commitment and dedication on their behalf.
Attitude – having the energy gives you a different attitude. Attitude is the difference between caring and not giving a toss. Attitude comes from within a person, and only that person can change their attitude. Those who have a ‘can-do’ attitude, take a pride in their writing and they try to do the best that they can.
Effort – when a writer makes up their mind to make the effort, they tend to step-up to the mark, they can be counted on and they provide value in their behaviour and attitude towards the task they have set themselves.
Punctuality – a key behavioural attitude towards writing. Being punctual needs the talent of planning and organising your day. Both planning and organisational abilities denote a commitment to the writing process and eventual success.
Energy – nearly all of the people on the planet who get up to go to work have the energy to go through the motions. Getting up in the morning requires energy, maximising that energy can be achieved in different ways. By taking care of yourself, through fitness and diet. By being mindful of your thoughts. By caring for others as much as you do for yourself and your own goals and ambitions.
Listening – anyone can listen if they really want to. There’s a difference though, between listening to be heard and listening to learn.
When you listen to be heard, there’s no pause between what the other person has finished saying and what you are about to say. There’s something about listening to be heard that can be felt. It’s as though the listener is not listening to the little nuggets of knowledge that are being imparted, but waiting for the pause so that they can begin to talk.
When you listen to learn, you nod or shake your head, you pause and let the information sink in. Pausing gives the talker the impression that you have respected what they have said and are contemplating your answer carefully.
In summary, when you try these behaviours and attitudes, you’ll find a world of difference in the world you live and write in.
Go on, give it a go.
Kaye is a freelance publisher, author and certified psychotherapist with over three decades of experience. She is also a writer for various blogs about writing, publishing, travelling and health care.
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