Since I’ve been a published writer for 22 years, when my daughter
recentlybecame a writer and her younger son suddenly announced he’d like to write a book, I started wondering if this trait is genetic. Thus began my personal research into the subject.
Frankly, I think I’ve opened a real can of worms and have learned far more than I wanted to know. To whittle it down, there appears to be a hereditary factor in those of us who are writers/musicians/artists. It involves a lot of components such as serantonin, the channel between the two sides of the brain and other complicated physiological matters, coupled with our environment and personal experiences. That’s the good news.
In addition, there is also a fine line between our creativity and mental problems like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, which is the expected bad news that always follows the good. Lord Byron is quoted as saying, “We of the craft are all crazy.” Even though Beethoven, Churchill, Ernest Hemingway and Van Gogh are said to have had some degree of one of these problems, did I really want to know this? Nah!
It has also been determined that anyone can learn to become creative. Ernest Hemingway’s thoughts on that matter were, “It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.”
My deceased grandson, Pete, about whom I wrote my book WE ARE DIFFERENT NOW, was multi-talented. He excelled as a writer, musician and artist all rolled into one person. He is my daughter’s oldest son and all three of those arts are absolutely in his lineage.
Up until now, I believed it to be a gift from God and think I’ll still go with that since DNA is handed down from one generation to the next, as is the capacity to learn. What do you think – gift or DNA?