Let me explain.
The word genius used to mean spirit, like a guardian angel. It was a presence born with each little person that helped them through life.
Our genius gave us the power to make quick math calculations, or play the piano, or write poetry. And if we couldn’t do any of those things, we would say, I just don’t have a genius for that.
You see, everyone is born with a genius, but not everyone is a genius. That’s because some people have guardian angels or spirits that, frankly, aren’t that good at what they do (at least, that’s what they used to believe in the Middle Ages).
So if one person was really talented, he was fortunate to have been born with an exceptional genius; whereas everybody else just had an ordinary old slob of a genius. And after a while, we stopped talking about THOSE geniuses, and only started talking about the exceptional ones. And that’s how genius got its current meaning.
But that brings me to my point – YOU HAVE A WRITING GENIUS! It’s time to meet him (or her). Shake hands. Get to know the spirit that guides your writing life.
Sometimes your writing genius is a blunt, stern Joe Friday who wants to know the facts, ma’am, just the facts.
Or maybe your genius is a 1980s exercise freak, with a sweatband in her hair and leotards on her legs. She needs heavy doses of gardening and running and music to get her juices flowing.
I’ve met a few geniuses in my time who have benefited from training. They needed the writing process explained. And once they had that knowledge, they were able to soar.
The point is, yes, there are people out there who are gifted writers. And no, you might not be one of them. But you CAN still write. And if you take the time to figure out how you do that best, and maybe get some help, you can write well too.