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Early Signs and Symptoms of Being a Writer

Updated on September 24, 2015

Were You Born a Writer?

Some writers were, well, they were just born that way. They may have been the kids nose deep in books while others rammed matchbox cars into each other nearby. They may have been the deeply introspective young one who kept private journals or diaries. Regardless of how long you have had the talent, there were likely signs of it early on in life. Are you one of those who began life as a blank slate that was destined to be filled in with a world's worth of writing passion?

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Earliest Signs of a Passion for Writing

Unfortunately these signs can sometimes go unrecognized. This is mainly in part because of the fact that even before a child is able to write, they have all of the urges to do so, to create, to fantasize a story. So what can an individual watch out for in children to see if they have a future in writing of any sort?

Adult Like Imagination

Does the child in question have very imaginative ideas that are somehow a bit old and wise for their young minds?


Most children who have a great desire to learn anything and everything can often have a reserved nature. This can often be confused with shy. In fact, reserved children are not shy in the sense that they are afraid to speak to someone, but they they are quite introspective and are honestly at home and comfortable in their own mind and therefore there is not much reason to communicate verbally.


Many children who find themselves learning towards learning can quickly find themselves outcast by friend and sometimes some family members. Those who have a reduced capacity for logic may not understand that this type of child is not trying to be a 'smart ass', they are indeed, just very smart and inquisitive. They don't want to be right, they want to be taught right.


Benefits of Being a Writer at Heart

Well there is always the old, I can work in my pajamas quote. And yes, that is definitely a nice perk, but deep down, what does being a writer benefit your life, your personality or your character?


Hands down, reading and writing and the practice of spelling, grammar and vocabulary actually increase the IQ! Not only that, but a child who grows up reading and continues to do so throughout his life may be a prime candidate for Jeopardy by 35,.

Logic Based Personalities

Now, this isn't to say there aren't some creatives out there who are a huge ball of writing emotion, however, in a more natural sense those who read and write and regularly expand their knowledge base also tend to rely heavily on logical factors first. This can be a good thing, in that often those who think logically are a mite bit easier to live with. For this reason they can be mistaken for passive or shy as well.

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The Downside to Being a Natural Born Writer

Unfortunately it is no coincidence why the good aspects that can enhance an individual's unique perspective, can also be a downfall. Often highly intelligent people, most especially children, are subjected to passive or even aggressive teasing. This is not limited to school age children, however, and most adults have run into a situation where another adult was being hazed or teased for their increasing intelligence.

Additionally, often those logic based decisions and personalities also come with a price. A person who is a bit introverted and generally just as happy with a book as they are with a mate, may not find themselves able to hold down any relationships. Women and men who have reserved natures, who are deeply caring individuals, are often called cold hearted, as when others are reacting emotionally to a situation, even a horrid one, The natural born analyzer's mind is already at work.

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      peachy 23 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      my niece had been a big fan of reading books since young, now she is a journalist

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      victor 23 months ago from India

      It's true there's a strong passion that chases each writer even from their childhood. I wrote my first piece of writing to a radio program in Manila. We don't know how the passion begins and continues till the old age. But, it's also a matter of recognition. As a person starts writing, he gets the flow of thoughts and more ideas to form the sentences skillfully. A writer has to start writing and consistency also equally matters.

      Good thoughts you've shared.

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      TravelingRae 6 years ago

      I have always written. I can't even remember a time when I didn't. I have journals dating back to kindergarten (age 4!).

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      Chazz 6 years ago from New York

      I'm not the writer but I've got two in my family. You really nailed it with this lens!

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      Joy Lynskey 6 years ago from Moneta, Va

      Hah! I remember my first spelling bee, I lost because I spelled it the quirky way it was spelled on the can. Photographic memory doesnt ALWAYS work out for you!

      Thanks for commenting Julie!

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      OMG, I do remember my first writing competition -- the prize was a copy of Wuthering Heights!

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      Joy Lynskey 6 years ago from Moneta, Va

      Oh WOW! Yes that was me too. Reading by three, in every spelling bee. Some kids just have it from the start! Thanks so much for the comment!

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      I was born with a pen in hand -:) My seven y/o daughter was too- she just received an award for writing an 11 page story- teacher said, "The bell has to ring for her to stop writing". -:)