I'm interested to know just how much of our imagination is innate and how much of it, if any, is learned. I've heard that writers are born storytellers, but learn to become better technical writers. I think I have honed some pretty good writing skills over the years and can write to a decent standard now, but I worry that I will never be able to publish a novel if I just don't have a knack for storytelling. I can never seem to come up with a brilliant story from my own imagination, and rely mostly on my own experiences for inspiration, as I have done ever since I used writing as a way of venting my emotions as a teenager. Before then, I would come up with some pretty cool stories as a kid, but I seem to have lost that ability, and am having difficulty tapping back into it. But is it something that can be tapped into, or is it just a case of, you either have it or you don't? Maybe I just cared less about what other people would think of my stories as a kid, and am too self-doubting now? Or did I just never have the ability to begin with?