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A Writer’s Skills

It has often been said that a writer must hone not only the skills acquired in their profession – for writing is a profession involving study, apprenticeship and mastery – skills such as imagination and language, but also skills like observation, lateral thinking, seeing details, but also seeing the big picture.

Those are the skills a writer needs in order to make their stories work. However, each writer has their own skills brought to bear in their writing, whether in the story itself, or in the background. Some of these skills (and authors known to have them) are:

  • Explaining quantum physics to people unable to comprehend it, and succeeding (Traci Harding)
  • Creating characters so real you can’t help but feel you’re about to run into them on the street (JK Rowling)
  • Chilling a reader without directly showing horror (Stephen King)
  • Immense research abilities (JRR Tolkien)
  • Creating worlds that seem real (Tamora Pierce)

Some authors can create languages out of nothing for use in their stories. Some have the ability to create exactly the result of any injury on their characters, down to the exact broken and bruised bones. Some authors know just how to enter the hearts and minds of anyone who reads their stories. I can read basic Egyptian hieroglyphs, though that’s hard to add into stories.

So the next time you wonder if you have a skill, just remember: every writer has an extra skill that aids his or her writing. So what’s yours? Comment and let me know what you can do.


August 14, 2010 - Posted by | Writing

1 Comment

  1. This is really positive and encouraging for all us writers out there =)

    I was really glad to see you add Tamora Pierce. I think she’s a great author, she sure got me hooked with Alanna.

    Comment by junesboudoir | August 14, 2010

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