Back in the day when I was writing sales letters and advertisements for free for my father’s real estate business I thought everyone could write. It was easy for me and I assumed it would be easy for other people as well.
I’d actually gotten good grades for my writing all the way through school, but somehow that didn’t count!
I eventually realized that I might have some talent and began submitting queries which worked. I now know that not everyone can write and those of us who can are actually pretty special.
This came to mind because I’ve been approached by a potential ghostwriting client who says he has no writing talent. Yet his email to me was well written, explained his book and what he wanted with coherence and even some charm.
When I responded that he seemed to write well, he came back, surprised and saying he didn’t know where to start – which is a totally different problem.
Here are seven signs you’ve got some writing talent:
Writing is easy for you. For the most part, when faced with some writing to do it comes pretty easily. Oh, you may have trouble getting started, but once you do, you find it flows. You’d never consider hiring someone to write entrance essays for you, for example, because you know you can do it for yourself.
You got good grades with your writing in school. From the time you first learned to string letters together to make words and sentences you’ve gotten good grades with your writing. Essay tests never bothered you much, even if you didn’t know the material well, because you found you can write coherently on any subject.
You actually enjoy writing. Not all the time, of course, but often, if you stop and think about it you realize you actually like the process of writing.
You’re often asked to write something. You often end up as a note taker at meetings or asked to write up a description of this or that or even to create a newsletter for an organization. This type of request happens over and over again because somehow the people around you discover you write well.
You find yourself gravitating to the writing parts of your job. If you tend to prefer the writing parts of your jobs to most or even many other things you’ve probably got some writing talent.
When you read magazines or even books you sometimes recognize you could have done at least as well as the author. It might be a newspaper article, a blog you like, or any other sort of published writing. It might be a good piece of writing or one that obviously needs some help. Either way you realize you could have done it, and probably better.
None, or even all of these guarantee you’ll write the great American novel or make hundreds of thousands of dollars writing copy or mysteries or… But if you fit any of these, you’ve got some talent.
If you want to make the most of that talent you’ve got to write, rewrite and market your writing, whatever niche you choose to focus on.
In what ways do you exhibit and steward your writing talent?
Write well and often,