Lately I’ve been wondering about natural instincts and predispositions. I am not very technically minded. My instinct is to be passionate. At school I was either the one sitting at the back of the class ‘off with the fairies’, or talking too much to the person beside me. This natural predisposition to withdraw into my imagination, or be overly communicative, meant I was very good at creative pursuits, like Drama and English, but bad at formal ones like Math and Science.
I used to think that writing was just the ability to tell a good story. There is no doubt that the Lord gave me more than my fair share of imagination. Story telling is as natural to me as breathing. However, the ‘technicalities’ of writing, (grammar, spelling, sentence construction); are all aspects I need to learn more about and improve upon.
Certainly, you can have the most well written book in the world, but if it lacks imagination it’s going to lack appeal. But then you can also have the most captivating story in the world and if it is poorly edited, it will be disregarded.
I admit that I will most likely never have an aptitude for technical aspects. But we all have challenges to our natural instincts. Learning curves are important because without them there is no growth. I think understanding your natural instincts and working with them, is half the battle. A good dose of discipline and a prayer for help to overcome what is lacking is also vital.
What are your natural instincts? Knowing them is a great step towards understanding who you are, and what motivates you.