What do you think?


If (writing) doesn’t come naturally don’t do it. This is a paraphrase of something I’ve read in several different places this week. Do you agree or disagree?

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5 Responses to What do you think?

  1. vanyieck says:

    I have to disagree. Anything worth producing takes effort. I also question the concept of something being natural. Even writers known as “geniuses” must work hard for their craft. Einstein once commented “Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.” Considering he was considered to be a “natural” mathematician, it challenges the source of the original quotation.

    • Nicely said. I tend to shy away from the notion that writers are special people with a special “God-given” talent. We are artisans – to suggest any writer produces anything without exertion minimises the work and the authors competence. Loving the craft doesn’t always make it easy to practice.

  2. calliopespen says:

    Ah, well in that case, I disagree. I think if the desire is there, the rest can come. If it gets too painful, the desire will most likely go away on its own–I think.

  3. calliopespen says:

    I guess it would depend on what is meant by “come naturally.” Desire? Ideas? Writing well? I think as long as one has the first, the other two can be coaxed along or learned. Without, the first, though, there is no hope.

    • The statements I read were implying that if you aren’t a natural genius, if it doesn’t flow like lava, you shouldn’t be writing.

      You’re absolutely right about desire – it’s the number one reason most of write in the first place isn’t it?

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