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.  

Paige Elizabeth Turner
Paige writes across a variety of genres, but prefers to concentrate on her crime / mystery series featuring Private Investigator Olivia Watts and her Watts Happening? Investigations agency. Also dabbling in poetry, Paige produces emotive verse from romance through to environmental issues. Writing is her lifeblood, but as experienced by many writers, there’s a shortfall of financial nutrients feeding the blood.

4 Responses to “Do genetics control writing ability?

  • Helen Laycock
    1 month ago

    Yes, an interesting one to ponder. However, the title ‘writer’ implies a level of creativity, an ability to imagine a scenario or people who do not exist without ever having been ‘there’, or met ‘them’. We can get these ideas from our own reading and by watching films, if nothing else, but imagination itself is a very powerful tool. After all, look at how many writers capture the personality of a murderer without actually being one…

    • Paige Elizabeth Turner
      1 month ago

      Yes, a meritable thought process. I have had to broaden my mind on this, especially after having been confronted with your reference to the personality of a murderer. I have never murdered anyone, yet ‘imagine’ some quite dramatic scenes. I wonder whether that thought process would be any differet if I were of a social make-up? Perhaps tat’s why psychology is a five-to seven-year degree course.

  • If the writer has imagination and is willing to research I can’t see a problem with them writing about a person of a different personality trait any more than with writing about a person of a different sex, from a different period in time, or a character who isn’t human.

    The title to this post suggests you feel introversion and extroversion are inherited traits. That seems very doubtful to me.

    • Paige Elizabeth Turner
      1 month ago

      Patsy, as I noted above, this is a far wider ranging topic than I first thought. Clearly, we inherit many physical traits of our parents – or earlier family generations. It follows then, that we must also inherit many hidden ‘characteristics.’ You doubt about whether intro and extroversion might be inherited is justified. The trait more likely might be acquired through the young child’s adaptability (and coaching) in social settings. Thanks for your interest.

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