How to Discover the Writer in You
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There are a variety of ways to bring up the writer in someone. Many people find writing a drag, may it be a report for science class, or a short story contest parents made you join. It is generally the age of elementary through high-school that kids question why they have to write the amount they do in school. This can follow them through to college and even in their adult life. Essays and book reports are given to students, not to have something to hate about school or take up their time, but writing them is a necessity for later in life. Whether it is writing an application for a job or a request to write a speech for someone, it will do you good and perhaps even save you from some embarrassment. How, then, can you learn to write without the sense of a burden? To be honest, you will always come across a report or essay that will be boring. And even though you may not feel you have the determination or drive to write them, they are nevertheless good practice to help you perform even better next time.
There are various ways in which to bring up a talented writer. One way is by expanding their imagination when they are young. This will stick with them when they are older, giving them an amazing mind of creativity. When I was about six-years-old, my mom used to play “pretend games” with me nearly every day. We would spend hours thinking of different scenarios to begin our adventures at home. And when I was in younger elementary, she would give me simple sentences to expand as inventively as I possibly could. This kind of practice, no doubt, can expand the imagination of someone and also give them pictures in their minds. It is certainly an enhanced way to write on any subject with pictures in one’s mind of what they are expressing on paper.
So how can you find the type of writing you enjoy doing? There are yet a few more ways to find this out. One way to do this is by reading the many different genres; these contain fiction, nonfiction, fantasy, and facts. Among these, many people can find the category they enjoy reading—most likely that subject is what one will enjoy writing as well. Another way to discover your taste for writing is to sit down with paper and pencil and simply begin writing. It may not come naturally at first, but one can soon discover what comes easily for him or her. Don’t be discouraged if determining the style of writing you enjoy is something that can take a lengthy period of time.
“When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton.” When I first read this simple sentence from “The Fellowship of the Ring”, I immediately knew I was fascinated by the many works of fantasy. Though it may not seem like an exciting sentence, there are a few parts of it that caught my attention. For example: eleventy-first? Anyone knows that there is no such number; this was one that drove me to read further. Secondly there are a few catching words that attract the reader: party, magnificence, excitement—the hooks of a great fantasy novel. No doubt, this sentence led to one of the greatest fantasy trilogies of all time, “The Lord of the Rings” by J. R. R. Tolkien.
Some people, however, may prefer to stick to the topics of biographies or history in both reading and writing. These can be no less fascinating, which is up to the writer to decide how he or she will present it. Writing can become an addiction, which has naturally addicted me, and is now a hobby I spend time working on each day. No longer has it become a burden to write, but a pleasure to be able to form story plots in my mind, and the remarkably wonderful pictures along with it. I have come to learn that writing is never a boring waste of time; it is only up to the writer to decide what he or she will make of it.
Nathan D. Gage