The Gifted writer establishes a clear focus and purpose throughout. There is a clear voice or tone being heard through all the work. This writer shows a depth of complexity in his ideas that are clearly measurable.
The Gifted writer also has on-target details and evidences of analysis. He shows reflection and insight as well. There is also noticeable care and organization. The sentence structure is also notable. Further, the length of his work enhances rather than distracts from the writer’s effectiveness.
The Gifted writer also uses rich and precise language. There are few if any grammatical errors in his work. Although anyone can learn to write at the Expert level, Gifted writers are born with the gift. Expert writers with practice can indeed become extremely proficient at the writing trade. He may be able to publish a novel, but he can indeed publish short stories and fictional stories for magazines. However, the Gifted writer can be compared to a great pianist, artist or professional athlete. Some are really good at music or art, but only a few ever become a Rembrandt or a Michael Jordan.
You may have the Gifted writer ability and have never used it or known about your gift. Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With The Wind, didn’t realize she had the Gifted ability. Her first husband read her novel and told her it was trash. Then her second husband read it, and he encouraged her to get it published. The rest is history. For years her genius was stored in the attic of her home in Atlanta because someone important to her had been overly critical of her abilities. Please, don’t let that happen to you.
Simple Characteristics for Identifying Gifted Writers
very clear focus
excellent word selection
almost no errors
very fun to read
An Example of Gifted writing
Note: no mistakes or spelling have been corrected.
Last year I spent much of my time in the early mornings of many weekends, downtown at the St. Vincent de Paul Shelter. I served breakfast there on many mornings in rain, snow or sunshine. I would like to give a brief synopsis of one morning there, when I served breakfast to the homeless.
It was cold outside, and snow was falling lightly from the clouds above. In the overcast weather, I was dressed warmly in a turtleneck, a sweater, jeans, socks and shoes, mittens, a ski jacket, and a hat. Even so, my teeth chattered as I slipped down the ramp on the ice, and opened the door. It was so cold that my mitten stuck to the brass handle on the green, wooden door.
Inside, a warm, orangish light illuminated the cafeteria. The heat was turned up, and after a half an hour of preparing the food, my cheeks were flushed to a pinkish-red. Outside I could hear the wind picking up, as it whistled through the trees. High on the walls, outside the small windows, I could see the snow beginning to accumulate on the ground outside.
A half an hour later the homeless people began to file in. They stood in a line along the outer walls of the cafeteria. These people were all different shapes and sizes. The mothers held their children close, while strange people huddled around them. Some were teenagers all alone. Some were old, some were single parents, others were still pregnant. Some of these people had no shoes, some no coats. One little girl wore only a t-shirt, some blue jeans, tennis shoes (no socks), and a worn toboggan cap pulled over her dirty head. Few of them were clean. Most of their clothing was soiled and worn, their faces were dirty, and their eyes sunken into their heads. They were amazingly quiet. In an instant my heart went out to them.
As I served the drinks, I watched the people most of them smiled at me, and quietly thanked me. Some of them, though, kept their eyes averted, and would only mumble what they wanted to drink. They were so quiet and withdrawn, like a turtle inside of it’s shell.
The more I watched them, the worse I began to feel inside. There were people without shoes, without coats, without long sleeved shirts, hats, or gloves. There wre those in clothing three sizes too small, and these in clothing that was almost falling off of them. Some of the people I had met, particularly women, but a few men, were really so good at heart. They smiled and tried to be cheerful, even though I could see nothing for them to be cheerful about. They wanted so much to give, but they, themselves, had nothing.
A few people came back to eat more, but I think that most of them were too ashamed, or too afraid of looking like pigs, to come back and get seconds. It was so sad that these people, who had nothing were afraid to ask for a little more to eat.
When they left this shelter, and went out into the cold, they would have nowhere to go. Their only refuge from the cold and the snow would be the awnings of storefronts, or in between some closely built apartment buildings. These people were to be out in the dropping temperatures, all of them without a necessity. Some without coats, some without shoes, socks, gloves hats, or even long pants.
As I watched them filter out, I’d never felt so completely helpless in my life. One of the adult workers came out of the kitchen, and offered me a paycheck. I politely turned it down. This experience had been pay enough. Money really had no place in this. I felt awful that there wasn’t more I could do for them. I wanted so badly to help them, but there was nothing for me to do, nothing I could do.
Following are some explanations regarding the language used in descriptions for determining the different styles of writing above.
A Logical Guide To Purpose
Purpose is the degree to where the writer establishes and maintains his purpose in the treaties he prepares for an audience. The writer clearly communicates his purpose with his audience. He has a clear awareness of his audience in his purpose. His purpose is original and insightful, and the writing clearly shows evidence of distinctive voice and/or tone.
Without a clear concise purpose, voice or tone, the writer shows his lack of ability to communicate well with his audience.
The above is your guide to learning to write with purpose. You would do well to remember a good working definition for purpose as you begin your writing career.
Idea Development and Support
The writer provides thoughtful and detailed support to his development of his main idea. The way we know his development and support are good is the ability to show perceptive thinking and provide relevant and interesting details.
A writer at the Expert or Gifted levels has the ability to demonstrate logical sequencing. He also shows a varied degree of transition and organizational signals. There is evidence of planning which is easily followed.
The degree to which the writer includes sentences that are varied in structure and length. His sentences will be constructed effectively, and they will be complete and correct. He will have effectively constructed sentences, too.
Correct word choice and usage determines a writers ability level. A successful writer successfully uses pertinent and rich language in his works. He has control of traditional usage of language.
Effective writers use words correctly. He has no spelling errors, his punctuation is flawless and capitalization is never a question in his works. For effective writers, spelling enhances readability while punctuation aids clarity. Expert and Gifted have few of these errors after they have edited their work. With automatic spell checkers and with several free programs online you can use, surface errors can be kept to a minimum.
This ends our explanation of the four writing styles from which you can choose. I would suggest you know each style, but focus on the Expert and Gifted Styles. Memorize the details and characteristics of these two styles, and then make every effort to pattern your writing style after them.
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