I've heard that whereas the skilful use of language can be taught, the creativity needed to craft stories cannot. Does this mean that this creativity is innate only, or that one must practice alone without being taught to develop it? I'm asking because I've tried to make up card games before, and I've tried to make up plots for stories, but I could never feel anything form mentally. It is almost as if it were an additional thing to control, but a thing I have no access to by will, as if it were an appendage that I could not urge. I do not have such great trouble, however, when without any flowchart or pseudo code, I sit before a computer with Visual C# open and begin to type code to a program. Although I am very thankful to God for the gift of programming, I also have a desire for creative writing; I'm hoping that there is some way to develop the necessary creativity; it seems so far that I do not have it, was not born with it, or lost it due to all the time I spent playing Super Mario 64 when I was little. I can lay down and concentrate for a good deal of time, but plots and characters do not form in my head. What do you suggest I should do?