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How to Develop Your Talent For Writing?

Starting from what you care about and then analyzing what surrounds you serves to bring out your talent for writing, your ability to tell stories starting from the emotions that move the characters.

Once you get this talent out, you have to cure it, nurture it, refine it.

We all have stories to tell, we dream stories, we imagine stories, we listen to stories. However, when we begin to write these stories, we realize that having lived them, imagined, dreamed or listened is not enough anymore. And this is where the technique comes into play.

But the technique, as such, is learned and improved.

So if talent is not taught, the technique is.

Talent is not taught, technique is.

Think, for example, of an author who greatly appreciates and reads his youthful text. Most likely you won’t like it or even feel like it’s not his work. Because the skill you attribute to him today is not an unchanging thing he has always had. He had a talent and he perfected it.

You must therefore try to train your talent every day to develop it and improve your writing. This will allow you not only to write better, but also to write more and faster.

Be careful, though: it is not a short or quick route. As we have said before, perseverance and determination are needed.

Developing one’s talent requires effort, commitment and application. It is a journey on one’s own writing and in the writing of the great masters.

But how can one develop one’s talent for writing? In my opinion there are only 2 ways:

1. work on the texts of the great authors

Disassembles and reassembles the texts of great authors, identifies the sequences, the arcs of character development, analyzes descriptions and dialogues.

In this regard, a very effective exercise is to copy entire passages of a text that you like: in fact, copying them, word by word, allows you to go inside them much more than you can do only by reading them. Copy and you will notice the order of words, the use of punctuation, of syntactic structures.

Unfortunately the teaching of repetition is often snubbed and considered a useless waste of time. I, on the other hand, believe it to be incredibly effective precisely because in its simplicity of application, it allows a deep analysis of the text to be achieved.

When I was teaching, even though I was younger than my colleagues, I was the only teacher of Italian who continued to memorize poems to high school students. The poems by heart, in fact, are still a common practice in elementary schools, but then in middle school they gradually lose this habit and in high school they disappear completely.

Instead, I insisted and assigned a few passages or poetry to learn by heart throughout the course of the year. At first the boys couldn’t stand it, but then they themselves realized they were doing less and less effort, because the memory “trained”. I, for my part, knew that in addition to mnemonic training, that continuous exercise on authors’ texts was an incredible tool to expand their lexical background. 

2. work on your writing

Through creative writing exercises, spurred to invent, build and develop new stories.

Test different genres, different points of view, different linguistic registers.

No need to write long stories. Even a few lines per exercise are enough. The important thing is that you put yourself in new situations, that you try to find solutions, to put yourself in the characters, to visualize the scenes.

It is a work of creativity that will stimulate your imagination and at the same time the depth of analysis of every situation that can be proposed to you.

At the beginning you could experience these exercises with extreme effort. Don’t worry: it’s normal. It’s just because you never made them. As you continue to exercise, you will see how ideas will be born faster and richer, and writing a few lines for each new situation will no longer be a struggle.

Indeed, it can become a fun game you do to train yourself, to stretch your mind before you start writing more important things

Like all training, however, this also bears fruit only if done consistently.

Doing an exercise every six months will do no good. Doing creative writing exercises should become a daily appointment, or at least weekly.

After all, writing 15-20 lines starting from a given track does not take much time.

If you really feel stuck and don’t know what to write, write why you feel stuck, because you have nothing to say about that exercise. In short, write something or write why you can’t write. But write.

If you really want to develop your talent you have to exercise. There are no alternatives.

Two Creative Writing Exercises To Bring Out And Develop Your Talent

To conclude, I propose two creative writing exercises that can help you bring out your talent and above all develop it.

1) Think of an episode from your childhood when you felt particularly proud, proud or happy.

It must be a positive emotion. The smaller you were, the better. Try to remember exactly how you felt and why, what you did, how you showed your emotion, how adults behaved with you.

Now try telling that emotion, writing it on paper, but assigning it to an adult character. Then write in the third person and imagine that what happened to you as a child now happens to your character, who is an adult instead. You can also choose to change the gender of the character: if you are a man, imagine a woman and vice versa.

15-20 lines are enough. The aim is to start with an emotion that you have already lived and therefore is part of your personal emotional background, then transporting it into the life of another person and then imagining how someone else can live it.

2) Open the daily news page (or browse the local online news) and choose an incident or a crime or a bizarre episode.

It doesn’t necessarily have to be a crime, a dispute between condominiums, a theft in a shop, a car accident or even a bizarre incident like a row of old women in a nursing home can also work. The important thing is that these are events that cause sad or uncomfortable emotions (anger, fear, sadness, contempt, disgust, indignation, etc.).

Starting with the case history, write a short text in which you are the protagonist and experience a similar story. You can choose to be the one who causes the accident or who suffers it, the criminal or the victim, or just a witness. You can change the place and the time in which the story takes place.

Write 15-20 lines. Here the aim is to start from a situation that you have never experienced and therefore is not part of your personal emotional background and imagine living it, empathizing with the real protagonists of the story to understand their emotions and make them your own.


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