I know I’ve written on this before, but it bears repeating.

People come up to me all the time. They say, “You must be really talented.” I always laugh.

“No, I’m just really, really stubborn.”

The truth is, writing is a learned thing. Much like driving.


A person isn’t born knowing how to handle a stick shift or who goes first at a stop sign. It’s not automatic to know how much pressure to put on the breaks, or the gas pedal, for that matter. The map to the nearest grocery isn’t imprinted in our brains at birth.

So it is with a writer. We learn the elements of a good story. How to build tension. Correct dialogue (which is very different from real dialogue). And so much more.

All learned.

And lots of practice.

Eventually, it becomes second nature. Like driving.

If you can learn to drive a car, or do anything, you’re stubborn enough to learn to write.


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Wendy L. Koenig

I was born in Colorado, but raised on a small homestead in Illinois. I served in the USAF right out of high school. After my stint in the military was finished, I returned home and had a horse stable. My first piece to be printed was a short children’s fiction, Jet’s Stormy Adventure, serialized in The Illinois Horse Network. It was a natural fit, given my business. Later, I attended University of Iowa's famed summer workshops and writing programs. Since that time, I have authored and co-authored numerous books. Several of my novels and short stories have won international awards and have appeared in multiple venues.