This is very true. I've written fiction for years and am poetry illiterate. But the most difficult thing I ever tried to write was knitting instructions. It is astonishing what you cannot take for granted.Bards and Sages (Julie) said:I have always said that you can teach a person how to write properly. You CANNOT teach someone how to write well. Writing is a talent, and like all talents there must be some inborn ability for it to develop. And even within writing, those talents are not blanket across all forms. One can be a great fiction writer and never grasp the nuance of poetry. One can be an exceptional novelist but never master the short story format. Someone that writes amazing romance novels cannot automatically write amazing ad copy to promote the novel.
I was going to say something very similar to this. Any skill (music, writing, techinal, artistic) can be taught. For example in college I took drawing courses. At my best I can create a passable drawing of something. However, I'm by no means a talented artist. Same goes with singing, I can carry a tune but I'm no superstar.ilyria_moon said:I'm going to say 50-50. All of my music & voice students start off without the skill. All of them develop the skills from my teaching. But not all of them 'have it'. Natural talent is unteachable, but the mechanics can be taught.