Do genetics control writing ability?
The strangest questions often arise from the most unsuspecting scenarios.
In trademark fashion, I recently satirised a ‘friend’s’ comment on Facebook. The original poster, who I know through a local writing group, responded with a pic of some socks. Totally irrelevant to the comment I’d offered, but then I wondered if she might be smarter than myself (on reflection I seriously doubted that!) and had posted the pic as if to imply: ‘Put a sock in it, Paige.’ Not to be outdone in the battle of woman Vs woman having the final word, I purchased a pair of the damn socks – as pictured here – and will shortly post them on FB.
Back to the topic in question. I am an introverted person to the extent that I do not very well handle social situations. But, I have now purchased the most extroverted items of feet coverings available. To transfer that trait to writing, I wonder if our genetic make-up directs the manner by which we write, and the subjects we might tackle?
I feel comfortable writing across many disciplines, although with little commercial success. I have no problem inventing and ‘fleshing out’ characters, but might an EXTREME introvert have difficulty in doing so because of lack of immersion in dense social situations? Conversely, might an EXTREME extrovert struggle with writing a scene of, say, being trapped in a cave?
A very interesting conundrum which might not have a definitive answer.