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What does it take to be a good writer?





Writing has been something that's always been at the back of my mind. I find intrinsic enjoyment out of writing my own thoughts and opinions. But, for the last 8 years of my life, I haven't even considered pursuing it as a career. I'm a psych major, and about to graduate, but my skills and personality are not congruent with the careers available. So I've been considering a career in writing (relating to my science background - technical or science journalism). Despite not coming from a literature or English background, I've been told that I'm a good writer from my older sis and my grade 8 teacher (I won an essay contest back then). But that's clearly not enough proof. I haven't written anything but research proposals and research essays since high school so I have no idea how capable of a writer I am. What does it take? How do I know I'm a good writer? How do I become a good writer? I doubt myself because I've always believed that writing is an inherent ability. Something that you're born with. Am I mistaken? Can it be mastered with practice?



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4 Responses so far.

  1. abecedarians says:

    Great question!I hope someone knowledgeable answersI can only say for me it is someone who leaves you in suspense all the time, so you want and need to keep reading no matter what the genre is!

  2. bounding says:

    Writing is just like any other craft. With time, you can refine it and make it into an art.Why don’t you try dabbling it on the side? I once met a man who wrote his memoir while being a surgeon full time. It took him about 8 years, but what he ended up with was a beautiful piece.Sure, some people have a natural ‘talent’ for writing, but it doesn’t happen overnight. By spending time practicing everyday (and reading loads! Reading is just as important) I think you could get quite good :]

  3. unmopped says:

    dunno. I’m a boy

  4. sherman says:

    It’s like baking!But not really. You need a good vocabulary, a sense of determination and motivation.Add that with a well structured plot and lots of creativity and originality.Yeah some people may be born a good writer, but you know. They might turn into and alcoholic and destroy all their brain cells.Anyone can be a good writer. You just need to practice your writing and read lots of books.