Today's question is: Can writing be learned?
My opinion: (1) I don't necessarily agree with this. Yes, I believe that some people are more gifted at writing than others. However, there are some very talented (and even best-selling) authors who had to work hard to develop the writing skills they now possess.
Is one writer any better than the other? Not at all. I believe that--if you have a desire to write--then go for it! It is not impossible to learn the craft of writing, and you don't have to be necessarily gifted at it (as, say, a singer does. If you've ever seen American Idol, then you know what I mean, lol).
(2) I believe that, if you want to become an author, it is very important to study the craft. Sure, writing might come naturally for you. However, there might be some writing rules that you are not aware of--such as showing vs. telling, how often to use dialogue tags, how often to use description, etc. An editor can quickly spot an amateur writer when he/she ignores these rules in their writing. Besides, when one has the desire to pursue something--such as sports, music, or medicine--they spend years learning and growing in their craft. Why should writing be the only exception? (On the other hand, I do believe that writing the story on your heart is more important than following every rule. Details here.)
✎ Your turn: Do you think writing can be learned? Also, do you think it is important for a writer to read writing craft books/blogs?