A little talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a writer.
But the only real REQUIREMENT is the ability to remember every scar.
I remember moments of being teased when I was a kid - what was said, who said it, and how my stomach lurched and my cheeks burned with embarrassment and shame, even as I tried to pretend it wasn’t happening.
I can tell you when I felt like an outsider even among family and friends. I remember when I felt ugly, when I acted ugly. I can tell you when I was hurt, when I did the hurting. I remember heartbreak.
Scars leave their mark - on the inside and the outside - but they also, in their own way, are a form of healing. Many of my stories are rooted in those scars, but they ultimately grow into something else, something more than the old pain and hurt. They reach higher, see the sunlight, and blossom into a new creation all its own.