Do you remember the ads in comic books and kid magazines that invited you to Draw Me! and find-out if you are an artist? Ever wish there was a test like that for writers? Maybe there is.
In case you don’t remember the Draw Me! ads; they featured images like these
and offered prize money or scholarships to the Art Instruction Schools, Inc. All you had to do was draw the image and send it to them and they would tell you if you were an artist or not.
Recently, I read an article on The Write Practice blog titled, Why Do You Write? They did not include my reason for writing–people fascinate me. It lead me to ask what makes a writer?
Study this photograph carefully.
If you thought, so what it is a guy in a chair, you may not be a writer. But if you wondered why he chose to sit on the sidewalk and face the the wall, you may be a writer. If the photo bugs you and you start to concoct possible reasons why he is facing the wall, you are definitely a writer. If it made you so curious you would photograph it as I did, you are probably a writer. If you have already named the guy, there is no hope for you, you must write!
A writer is not a person with a large vocabulary who can regurgitate grammar and punctuation rules, a writer is a person who is curious about people and is not afraid to express their view of the world as clearly as possible. They are willing to report the intricacies of the human spirit both good and bad. They use words to paint accurate pictures and evoke emotions. This is the part of a writer that is born.
Don’t get me wrong, grammar, punctuation, spelling and sentence structure are very important, but can be learned and mastered with a little hard work.
Curiosity about other people and the desire to entertain with it, cannot. When I evaluate writers for a writing class this is what I seek; not perfect grammar and spelling.
So are you a writer?
Please post your thoughts regarding the photograph in the comments below.
I wonder if this guy placed the gnome on the porch or did some one else? Why did they place it there? What’s the story behind the Moose?