This question is asked on page one of Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose. Francine has taught literature and writing for more than twenty years at major universities. For her writing of Blue Angel she finished as a finalist for the National Book Award.
Her answer frames most of the first chapter and I am guessing a good part of the book. I read dozens of writing books at a time and in long time cycles. What resonated with me this morning was on page one. Quoting Francine, “…if what people mean is: Can the love of language be taught? Can a gift for story telling be taught? Then the answer is no.”
And then on page two she writes, ” Like most-maybe all-writers, I learned to write by writing and, by example, by reading books.”
Because I love words, I subscribe to dictionary websites. I love the comparisons of words provided by a thesaurus. I like hearing stories and telling them. I can never have enough books. No surprise that I find what she says uplifting