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Are writers born or made?



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Are writers born or made?

When you see the way people write you may begin to wonder how good they are when writing or is it that took time to develop their writing skill. If you see an article of a talented writer you will love it but when you see the article of someone that is trying to perfect his writing skill you will know.

So I will like to know your view if writers are born or made?

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Martinsx1

Every one is born with raw talent but when you don't work to get the best out of talent, it's never going to be shine bright and be known to the world.Now, the same thing goes for writers. They can be born but you need extra effort to put the talent to work. Without working on it, you will never be good at it.



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Jeane

. . . you need extra effort to put the talent to work. Without working on it, you will never be good at it.

True.

. . . and without doing anything to improve yourself, you probably won't know you have that talent in the first place.

Many who start writing when they are young may just know they like writing but it is when they share their writing with others that they start getting the feedback that will convince them that they are talented writers. This feedback will compel them to work harder or practice more so they can be better at what they do.



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jaymish3

In my opinion it is both. I agree that some writers are born while others simply make themselves. They are writers that are born but they don't utilize their skill. There is a saying that if you don't use your muscles enough you loose them. On the other hand they are those who don't have the natural talent, but can work so hard until they aquire some real talent. I still maintain that it is both.



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mdayrit

I agree, it can be both born and made. There are people who can write even if they do not have training to do it. On the other hand, there are some people who are not born with the talent to write but have the determination or passion to do it. They can find ways to study and improve their writing.



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Steve5

There's this saying about writing. Someone once said that it's the craft no one can master. We can be masterful in our execution. But never will any of us truly become a master of writing.

Because writing is an evolution of thought. What truly sets apart masterful writing is its timelessness. How it remains relevant throughout the years. Much like numerous classics. That's why they're called that.



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jeffreyjose48

I agree with you. There are writers that are gifted. There are writers who are not good at first but through trainings get developed.



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ElectorAlexande

Very well, what makes a writer perfect is hard work and zeal to do better than yesterday, i wasn't really a good writer before but i had many things to tell the world about but since i started writing it down anyhow i want have been able to go back and make correction to where it is needed and also add more ideas



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jeffreyjose48

I strongly agree with you. Hard work and zeal makes the writer develop his writing skills. Its good that you have a lot to tell the world through writing.



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mark8625

I agree also. Some people were born to have that kind of talent and skills. They have a quick mind and potential to write easily. Some are also made. There are training schools that offering the services of full training in writing. The only problem is you need to pay for that training but worth it.



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Martinsx1

Exactly, there is every possibility of some writers being born but there is no way if one is born with raw talent but didn't develop it, it goes to ruin.

Just like some footballers are born with the talent but still needs a lot of work to build the skill and become very good at it.



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MomoStarr16

Yeah. Depends on the talent of that person. There are writers that is not born with that talent but by practice and trying to write a lot of things became a good writer.



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ElectorAlexande

Yea i still agree that people have that talent or are born with writing talent, some may not develop it much but when you see them write you will know how wonderful and great the write up is, they always have something to write in every situation especially when going through hard times.



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Steve5

Yes, I agree. You will need to become a persistent reader. You will have to write so many attempts until you become aware of your own voice. Then, you will see how these gradual efforts blossom into fruits of knowledge and wisdom.

You can be born gifted with writing. But if you don't nourish it with dedication and experience, it will never reach its true potential. This is why other writers reach beyond the level of those who are simply talented.

That's because they never settled for just being good at it.



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stbrians

I doubt at born writers. Nobody is born writing. They have to learn the skill of reading and writing. Then when they master the skill, they have role models they go after. Then they enrol in schools to learn the better writing skills. Finally, an amazing product of a writer comes.



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ElectorAlexande

True talk friend, have always wondered how some writers make narrative or descriptive post on social media and i sometimes feel they are far ahead or that they are born to write unlike me who is still in a gradual stage of perfecting mine.



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stbrians

Writers come in many ways:-

  • There are writers who are born writers. Their work is fine and good. They have perfected the game and you admire their work.
  • There are writers who are gold diggers. They write because of money. Without money they do not.
  • There are writers who have been motivated to write by other writers. They strive to write wellwell in order to match their role models.
  • There are accident writers. They have just found themselves writing.
  • Lastly there are trained writers. They went to school to write. They write according to the book.



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angie828

Hi, stbrians. I agree with you on the many forms of writers! Many writers just have it come to them naturally. I know that there are many that would love to be this type of writer.

I consider myself a writer that was motivated to write. My husband sort of was the one that got me into writing. He has been writing for years, and when he asked me to proofread his book, I just felt a wave of accomplishment once I was done. I thought it must feel good to be the one that wrote it, so I turned to writing. And I must say that I have found myself in writing too. I love being able to express myself and have really learned a lot about myself in the past years as a freelancer.



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esteban123

I also agree that writers are born and made because of several factors, some people are born to have some great sills in writing which we can easily noticed from the very beginning. While there are some writers who are only made due to some learnings either in school or being develop at a certain point. Some people are being motivated to be a good writer just because of the reward that they are going to received no other than the fame or money which motivates them to do good at writing.



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amelia88

Honestly I’d say a little from column A and a little from column B! I think to a degree having a natural affinity and passion for writing is a big help. But I do think that like many things in life, if you work hard enough at something then you tend to be able to train yourself to be good at it.

Ultimately I think anyone who wants to be a writer can be - they’d just need to put in the effort!



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Barida

It is all about the effort as far as I am concerned. You can't become the best just by working on natural talents as there is always that big role that you will have to play on that. What is necessary is to focus on doing the things that are okay and not minding things that won't benefit you at the end.



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ElectorAlexande

Wow its true, when someone puts effort on something not minding the benefit of that thing he or she tends to go far than when he is doing it for the benefit. Have you ever read a news article on Nigerian Newspaper and wondered how some writer compile an entire news everyday for daily publication without repeating the same news over and over again.



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Jeane

There are some things one can be "naturally" good at. For example some kids can draw really well even though they've never been taught by anyone how to it is done. However they can only get to be very good artists if they continue making drawings and learning others things about art (like shading for depth and so on). Same things applies to writing. Without the proper guidance you could be able to tell a good story that is poorly structured. It won't be that riveting.



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ElectorAlexande

Yea effort goes a long way in building someone to became who he desire to became, if you want to became a great writer like Williams Shakespeare then you need to put in more effort in your writing and be open to criticism because that's what makes you redress your work and make corrections to become very perfect.



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cmoneyspinner

Some writers are born with a gift or a talent. Some writers study and learn how to write. Bet you can't tell the difference. Writing is a skill that can be taught and learned.



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Youngshark

I think it is through constant wriring and reading that one is able to perfect their writing skills. For this I would like to input my vote
that all great writers are only made and not born as such. I know a lot
of people that have bocome great in writing even at a late age.



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Kakashi2020

I agree that some writers might have inherited their skills of writing and it might have been passed down to their genes. But there are also people who where not born that lucky. Instead they learned it from school and constant practice.



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cmoneyspinner

Yes. Some people had really good teachers. In my case, my really good teachers told me that I already had the ability and that they would like to help me develop it. It's like people who know how to sing but somebody trains their vocal cords so they can get more power out of their voice. However, I told many of my friends that I could teach them to do what I do and I have helped them acquire the writing skills they needed to do their job.



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Corzhens

I believe that writers are born although there is no exact indication for it. In other words, you will only know that a writer is good when you read his writing otherwise you will never know if a person is a born writer if he doesn't write. Just like an artist, a writer can be taught the rudiments of writing which are the needed skills in writing but if the talent is not there then that writer is just a plain writer.



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nrnlss

I don't think writers are born, nor made. I think they just developed the love of literature and startes writing.



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superlicca

I believe that writers are born and made. Some people already have the writing skill since they were a child. While some are just passionate and improved their writing skill by practicing and learning from other writers.



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mirodge

Being a writer is not instantly acquired. All of them strives and study hard, there are few techniques of how to be an effective and reliable writers. Though I am not a professional writer but I know somehow what they have been through. I am also a frustrated writer, trying to figure out best words to compose an incredible content. Sooner or later I will become an efficient content writer by striving more to become one.



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MomoStarr16

No one is born being a writer. I think you will become what you are because of the environment you have. I mean the environment that you have right now is the great factor to be who you are. Writings skills may be with that person but it will never be polish if the nature of his house or school don't give importance on writing. Because you will never have chance to practice it in that way.



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Steve5

I think they're born in the sense that others have a natural leaning towards understanding words. Writing is a skill and talent. You can always improve on it. But there definitely are people with unique minds who can never be emulated through practice.

You simply are born the way you are. Only time will tell if your writing becomes exceptional or ordinary.



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jayjaydimson

Writers are made because people are born without any knowledge, so people are used to learning some knowledge by the time goes by.



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jpk0007

I think that writers are born with some inherent talent and as they grow up they do slowly realise this capacity. They have to work hard of course to polish there capabilities and make an impression on their readers. I don't think that a writer can be made unless he has some inherent capabilities. Writing is an art and artists cannot be made unless they are naturally born with some capabilities which they develop upon in the future.



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Barida

Talents are always harnessed as there is no two ways about that. I have come to notice that for you to have a good time out of anything that you want to achieve in life, you need to harness it. Writing is always how we try to improve on a daily basis.



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thejoyrevolutio

Maybe a bit of both. I think writers should continuesly improve in their craft. I also think that some are just born talented. My sister is always good with words. There are also a lot of seminars or lectures that helps you improve your writing.



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superlicca

I definitely agree with you. Writers are born and made. Some writers are lucky that they have given this kind of skill and they don't exert a lot of effort in writing an amazing content. But I believe that if a writer has passion, determination, and have the basic skills for writing then he will be able to reach a success that other writers have achieved.



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theresajane

I agree with you. Writers are definitely a mix of both. You may be good at writing as it's your innate talent. But, there will always be a room for improvement.



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theresajane

I think it is both. Writers must be born with the intelligence in writing and the continuous process of learning the skill. However, one cannot achieve a commendable writing if he isn't passionate about what he is doing. Aside from the skill, the writer should have the necessary values.



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esteban123

I think nowadays a writers can possible be made because of the improving technologies that we have. We can now learn some ideas that are very essential in becoming a good writer in the future. We can make use of some video tutorial at the web and study them carefully so that we can applied them into a reality. There are a lot of means to improve our writing ability if we are not blessed with such skills, we just need to have the patience to look for them as well as improved them in any means.



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DISTEFANO115

I believe that writers are made, but some can be born, those who have a creative mind are gifted, they can add so much to an article or story. They just need to practice good literature and they are all good to go. Those who aren't born creative, in my opinion, needs exposure like traveling and enjoying their life so they can get insights and ideas, this will unlock their creative mind.



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emiaj55

There are some of us that are born more susceptive to information or more sensitive to emotion around them, that they could put into writings. I think that some are born to writers. Born to be. Meaning they have the potential. But i further believe, that to achieve a certain degree, a certain style a certain grace in writing, a writer must write and write and write. Practice and practice. For me there may be those that are born to be writers because they have the talent, but to master the skill, they have to be cultivated. their talents must be put to use, be partnered with skills. That is why for me, writers are made, or if not, cultivated. No one would know how to write a master piece off the bat. That is why those with talents have to still be guided.



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jayjaydimson

No, writers are made not born. Because people don't have knowledge once they are born. So it was made.



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NerdIndeed

I believe that as long as someone is willing to learn, has the passion for learning, and is motivated to learn, he/she will learn. Writers are made, not born. Being good at it depends on one's creativity that he/she experienced throughout his/her life based on the environment he/she is in.



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EfficientNinja

I believe writers are made. Noone is good in a thing when they are born. Even children of athletes aren't good in the sports their parents are good at when they were born. They will have to train and practice as hard as their parents did to become as good as they are.

I think every skill can be learned and it all comes down to the effort you put into training your mind and body.



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ElectorAlexande

Your comment is wonderful, you said it all man, no one is born a writer but writers are made and its hard work and determination that can make anyone great, sometimes hard work is confuse for talent but i still believe people are born with talents but the talents turns into a waste without practice.



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Jeane

When does one discover they have a way with words?

After they have already done a lot of writing. One isn't born are a writer, it is a passion for writing that does make a difference. If you like writing, odds are you'll do everything you can to hone your skills. That's why the only way to find out if you are a talented writer is to write. A lot. Often.



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HappyLoydsPens

Different brains work differently. I believe when one is born to be a writer, he is drawn towards things that are writing-related. If say, he didn't study to be a writer, his interests and inclination will still come out geared towards being one. It naturally comes out, it's a gift. When one who is born a writer had the privilege to study the craft, then an excellent writer will be made. A talent or gift when honed results to excellence. But when one without the talent or gift to write is somehow pushed in the that direction, i think, regardless of trainings, he wouldn't be half as good as the other one. I believe in real life saying that when you don't love what you do, or when it's not innate in you, it will just be a working for work's sake, and you'll end up miserable in the long run.



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jaybee19

I believe that talent is in born while skill is acquired, and the same applies to writers. I believe that there are really talented writers who were born with the talent and so they don't have a hard time on writing good stuff because they are naturally born with the talent (although if not honed well might result to a deterioration). On the other hand, we have skillful writers where some might be born with the talent and practiced really hard to improve their writing skills, and the others who aren't naturally born with the talent but practiced really hard to become good writers and developed their acquired skills.



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byjames

As a Christian, I believe that an individual can have nothing unless it's given to them by God. Therefore, as per this topic, I believe that writers are born. However, it takes a lot of hardwork and self-discipline to bring the most out of the talent. Hardwork beats talent, right?



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iambeth

Sorry but I don't think that the talent in writing is innate. I believe that the parents, the first teacher, or someone who first introduced books are the ones responsible in rearing talented writers. Whoever inspired them to appreciate and to love written words are to be commended. And of course the writers themselves who worked hard to learn, develop their own style and hone their talent in writing.



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vivalavanda

I believe that writers are both born and made. Everyone was born with talent, the thing is they die without knowing what talent they have because of their "busy life" or just don't have the time to discover it by themselves. If you are born with a talent in writing, how can you made it improve without practicing it, make sense right? You can't just go out of the womb holding a pen and be the great Shakespeare without really practicing and using it.



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Jstreeter26

I think it could be either or. Sometimes I feel someone is born and just has such a natural affinity for writing. They can just sit down and words will flow right out. Other times I feel someone may have a passion for it, but have to work at it more.



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jayjaydimson

Of course not, writers are made, because when we were born in this world, we're like an empty glass, that will only be filled up when time passes by.



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cks003

Writing skill is developed and trained and definitely not born with it. The process involves lots of reading, analysing and writing before one can develop the required skill. The mental effort in constructing and arranging words and sentences requires many years of arduous training. So it is not something presented on a silver platter when one is born into this world.



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SVibes

You need to have it in you. Not anyone can become a good footballer. Actually, anyone can become a footballer, but most of them will suck if they had zero talent in the first place and will eventually fail, retire early, and hate their life. I can't be a musician when it's not in me. I can't just grab the guitar and be Justin Bieber. It does not happen like that.



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mitan143

In some cases, I think talent on writing is born. I believe this talent is just rare cases like people who we called geniuses and prodigy. I know one great and well-known writer who made his very first poem at the early age, and from that time he continued to write more literary works such as different poems, articles, novels, and etc. He is said to be a poetical genius.



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jeffreyjose48

There are people who has great inclination towards writing. You can notice this even when they are still young. Having such interest and through proper training, they will sprout as excellent writers. I believe innate talent must be honed and nurtured until perfection or excellence.



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jayjaydimson

Writers are made, they are just born only when their parents have a blood of a writer, if that's the case, their child will probably a writer someday.



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focusedwriter10

I think some writers are born, while most are made. Some writers start showcasing their skills while they are still young, while others and particularly the highest number of writers are made. Let's see, for example, there are writers who started writing and publishing stories at their early stages. But, there are writers who learn the art of writing through studies. Nonetheless, it's upon them, whether born or made to improve their skills.



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hstinscdln

For me, a writer is born. But a writer is made to improve. Some people are really born with creative minds and they are able to harness it even more as they grow up. They all just need to focus on enhancing their ability to think by practicing or doing activities that increases their vocabulary and opens their mind to the world such as reading, travelling, and meeting new people to expose themselves to new environments.



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sonnyisabeast

A great storyteller, a weaver of stories or a raconteur is born. But a great writer is made. There's hours of practice and experience that is required for a writer to be great. Converting your great storytelling skills into written work is a skill, not a talent. Getting published is not even a measure of a great writer, but these writers improve over time and become great writers.



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t3rryf0ldz

Definitely a bit of both. Depending on the type of writing. You can learn to format articles and reports well, using the write language and grammar to fit your purpose, but when it comes to creative writing, or creativity in general, that is something I think you have to be born with. You cannot teach someone to think artistically if their mind is wired to think mathematically. There are ways, I'm sure, to mathematically work out how to create something that appears original and creative, but is simply a combination of algorithmic choices. Though, I think true original creativity is something that comes from your inner self and only you can provoke and improve that ability through practice and introspection.



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Kakashi2020

Talent in writing could either be inherent to the person or it could be as you said "made", thru training and experience. There's a lot of factors involved including family history / genealogy, upbringing, education etc. It really depends on the writer's background.



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slugsinthai

Honestly, even with natural raw talent, I don't think someone can get truly exceptional at writing without putting effort into it. How much effort will vary from person to person but it still has to be there. Writing is complicated, and there are rules to follow that people need to learn and understand before they can get truly good. Now, I also think that some people are innately more attuned to writing and will be drawn to it because of their personality, and these people are what i consider 'born' writers.



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cks003

The skilled writers must have gone through lots of training and classes to have achieved the skill required to write a good piece. Nothing comes in a silver plater, one has to learn writing from scratch. We usually learn the skill from reading and writing, again reading and writing. This process will make us realise the importance of plot, flow, grammar etc to make a story interesting and engaging.



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jaymish3

I agree@ck003. One of the online writing classes , I took a while ago insists that if you want to be a good writer you must write one article a day just for practice.The teacher's argument was that the only way that your skill in writing improves, is by writing continuously. He insist they are no natural born writers the same way, they are no natural born drivers. You have to learn both skills by doing. You may have a natural way with words, but this is not going to do much if you don't practice your writing on a a irregular basis.



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Judas2018

I'd say 'made.' They're made because you can have all of the raw, natural talent in the world. But if you can't hone, tap into or grow that inner ability, then it's all for naught.



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mhingnhormz

For me both made and born. Some writers are really born to be a writer, she/he born with skills some of them are inherit from there ancestors and continued to do it. Their also successful writer who did her/his to be a writer. They undergo trainings, seminars, willingness and effort to be that successful writer.



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koki12346

I think you need to be a born writer. The same thing as songwriting - not everybody can do that. You can become a good writer, but if you are a born writer you will definitely have a leverage.



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