I overheard a conversation the other day and it has bugged me ever since. Of course, I didn't want to be rude and interrupt, but part of me really wanted to scream and strangle one of the women talking. It goes like this...
Lady 1: Did you read the Twilight series?
Lady 2: No, my daughter devours them, but I have no interest in vampires.
Lady 1: Oh. I would love to write a book one day and have it turned into a movie.
Lady 2: Another vampire movie??
Lady 1; No...it could be anything. I mean, I always have these ideas or short stories. You know, I used to write stories in school. But, I always got bad grades because of my spelling and grammar.
Lady 2: Ugh, I hated English or Writing in school. It's just awful.
Lady 1: Yeah, my teacher completely ruined me on writing.
ACK! Oh no!! Did you know Lady 1 that we have these things called computers with vast arrays of knowledgeable software to inform you of grammatical or spelling or punctuation mistakes?? Lady 1, I urge you to sit down and write what is running through your brain. Just for fun!! Please?! Lady 2-leave her alone!!! Lady 1 needs to be my friend. She needs to see the amazing networking community of writers that can't spell certain words right to save their lives, or can't figure the difference between semicolon and comma...but still make it with the help of this community and super smart computers.
So, here is my plea. If you think you don't have the talent to write because of your technical skills....DO NOT WORRY! Sit down and just write it. You don't have to show it to anyone. You don't have to try and become published. But I bet if you sat down and wrote that one little nagging story down, or real life situation that's bugging you....you'll change your mind. And the technicalities...that comes with practice.