This is meant to be a debate - so flaming of another person will be looked harshly upon. I started it because I it has been something that's been bothering me and I wanted to see if others agree - or I'm just crazy. * This idea of writers being born and not 'made' (for want of a better term) has been an idea I've stumbled over many, many times in the Fanfic board. For a long time it has niggled at me that there is something in this sentiment that isn't right. Then one day someone (can't remember who) posted that on top of a writer being born and not made a writer *must* write, that they can't live without writing and to not write would be the equivilent of death and I thought "Hang on, that's wrong." I've written many, many stories on these boards but in the last year or so my contributions have slowed almost to the point where I never write. I've almost never felt a compulsion to write and its only happened when soemthing has given me a fantastic plot bunny. I've never felt a compulsion to write every day. Does this make me any less of a writer then anyone else on these boards? Also, was anyone here born with a pen in one hand? Anyone can write - the abundance of fanfiction and published literature should tell us that. A writer gets better with experiance, so they are made (even if it is by their own hand) rather then born with some inate knowledge of how to interpret characters and write good dialogue. A writer is simpley someone who writes. Who puts pen to paper to tell a story, or pass information onto other people. A writer does not need to feel a compulsion to write. A writer can be anyone who puts pen to paper.