Ah the nature versus nurture question. In my case it was a little of both. It wasn’t that I liked writing. Honestly, I don’t like working…on anything. I prefer relaxing and spending other people’s money. However, that career path is not very clear and they didn’t offer classes in it at college.
I did learn early on that I had a small gift when my seventh grade teacher accused me of plagiarizing a theme for one of my essay assignments. I won a small writing award a few years. When my father said a short story I wrote was publishable and he liked it a lot, I was hooked.
So, in my case, a natural ability that was noticed and encouraged. The unfortunate part, that took me quite a number of years to learn, is that income producing writing (eliminating those top twenty five millionaire writers) produces about ten cents an hour.
As a result, I write and I write, but I make money somewhere else.
Writers can be made or born. It helps a lot more if they are lucky or born wealthy.
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