A Writer Is Made Not Born

No one kows how to write from the onset. We all learn the art through reading and constant practice.

You see ‘How To Become a Writer’ and you wonder if someone can actually become one. Yes! One can! It’s no surprise, even though those who have flair for words tend to do better.

When someone suddenly says this, “Hey, I want to become a writer now and a good one at that.” and you look at him and he doesn’t have even a bit of what it takes and you think it’s hilarious. It might seem so but he can, he can become whatever he wants as long as he is passionate about it.

There are three types of people.

  • Those inclined to numbers,
  • Those inclined to words
  • Those inclined to pictures

The number of people are drawn to mathematics and calculations and it’s applications. The picture people love art and photography and anything related to it. While the word people love books especially the books in which words are presented in a beautiful way, as he reads, he captures these words, and the way it’s used to paint pictures of people, places and things.

A number person might decide to do something entirely different and become a story writer. It might appear difficult but with zeal for words at work, he can do it.

He can begin to read books like novels and essays, articles and poems more often. Before you know it, they’ve written a novel or an essay and you begin to wonder, is he not an Engineer? A mathematician.

Well, anything can happen.

So how is a writer made?

It all starts with an interest in words. So a writer begins his journey with love for words.

This love for words pushes him to read books, especially novels. As he reads he studies the words, how words are used by the writer, the way he beautifies words, punctuates and so on.

The love for words also keeps him ever close to his dictionary. As he turns the pages, he looks at the words for pronunciation, meaning, application and spelling.

He. also learns through his reading novels that suspense matters. A reader can stay awake all night to finish a book because of the power of suspense. He writes in such a way that makes it difficult for a reader to drop a book halfway.

He not only reads, but he must also write every day of his life, using words the way it will interest the readers because that’s what keeps them coming to his works. He knows that he becomes good through practice.

He is driven by passion. It’s what keeps him moving.

As he writes he is persistent and doesn’t allow anything to stop him, even several rejections.

He has the spirit of excellence and never gets satisfied with what he has written even when others find it perfect. He keeps finding more ways to improve.

In the end, he becomes that writer that everyone talks about.

14 thoughts on “A Writer Is Made Not Born”

  1. Hi Florence. I can totally connect to this piece. I tend to consider myself as a fine but lazy writer. Sometimes, every word that goes into what I write is like the pain of a woman in labour. The case is different when I have a muse/inspiration to write. But I can’t always wait on that to be a serious writer. This art requires a great deal of passion, persistence, and practice.

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    1. 😂😂thanks for the laughter and for sharing your experience. Do you know that lazy writers write the best stuff? Most famous writers didn’t just write, they took their time to do so, they were never in a hurry. Sometimes it took up to five years to write just one book. Inspiration is good for writing. It aids the easy flow of words. And there are times it won’t just come no matter how hard you try. But at that time, what you do is put something down because a writer must write every day. Write whatever ‘jargon’ and then go back to it when the flow comes back and it will be easier. You might even find the ‘jargon’ useful.
      Writing is not an easy thing. That’s why one must appreciate any written piece no matter how little. Because it takes a lot of pain, sleepless nights and restless days to do all those brainstorming writing, rewriting and editing thing.


      1. #sighs. I remember a short story I wrote (just short story o) that took me about four months to finish up. I was at work one fine morning when the inspiration to write it came so I set to work on it. It was like magic working on it all the while I was at work…until I got home. Inspiration bid me farewell! I didn’t even know the next word to write let alone a line. But I decided to I was going to ‘put the short-lived inspiration to shame’ by finishing up no matter what and how long. So today, I write a sentence, cross it out and wait till another time my brain cooperated. Anyway, I finished the blasted story after 4 travailing months. It turned out to be a one of my finest stories. Ever since, I’ve made it a point of duty never to give up on a write up I start but ensure I see it through no matter what. Good grief.

        But wait a minute, do you realize that in trying to respond to your comment, I just wrote the opening lines of what will be an article about writing and persistence…and you happen to be my first reader to have a peek at it? Thanks Florence

        🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️Runs off to write.

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        1. 😂still laughing. You’re one heck of a comedian too. Anyway, thanks for sharing your wonderful experience and really really glad you got to finish the story👍👏Your persistence paid off. Has the story been published yet? Where can I find it? I hope you’ve written many others. Thanks once more. Your comment has been a real life lesson and quite useful.


          1. Smiles. Let’s just say I have my moments. And I’m glad you could laugh about ‘my pain’. Yes, the story has been published – I’ll get the link and share it with you. Also, I’ve written a couple of others. Still a work in progress in that ‘sector’ though. Speaking of life lessons and usefulness, your posts embodies them all.

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            1. Thanks for the compliment 😊. I’m glad you’re published. Congratulations🎈🎆. Your hard work paid off. Can’t wait to see the link. Looking forward to the publishing of the others.

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  2. Thanks Florence! I think I’m a words person because I love to read and write. But believe it or not I work as an accountant during the day lol. But accounting and numbers are not my true passion. I like being able to work with people more, so I sometimes do it through volunteer work. Nice article!

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    1. Thanks, Dawn for taking the time to write this wonderful comment😍. First of all, you must be very good at working with numbers to be able to work as an accountant. I couldn’t have. You’re inclined to numbers but passionate about words and believe me, you’re already doing justice to words through reading and your wonderful blog. And you’re meeting and interacting with these wonderful people in your community, at work, through your blog and volunteering, you’re already working with people and doing all you can. The only thing remaining though is writing a book. I think you need to start writing one in your spare time. Little by little, you’ll be done. 💕

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        1. Wow, wow Dawn. Congratulations. ❤So what are we here talking about? It’s a great accomplishment. Sorry, I’m excited. I’m so glad you did. Heading to Amazon🏃🏃🏃right away.

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