This is my fourth post for Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group. From Mr. Cavanaugh's blog: "Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!"
Why not be encouraging today?
You can do it! In spite of what you may read in Stephen King's On Writing, anyone can become a great writer with the proper drive and adequate practice. Sure, some people are predisposed to creativity, but to say that without being naturally creative you cannot come up with decent ideas is folly.
Let me give you some advice. Try out multiple genres. You may love writing romance, or fantasy, or westerns; that's great. If you never other genres you may very well miss out of something you're really good at. Perhaps you take a break from alternate history and decide to write a horror story. The worst outcome is crummy manuscript. At least you'll have written something. If it turns out well, all the better! You may have discovered something you excel at.
Anyone can write. It's a hard job, yet extremely rewarding. Don't give up on it if you're stuck in narrow straits. Maybe you're writing the wrong type of story. Maybe you just need more practice. You'll never know unless you try.
I'll even give you a writing prompt, although I hardly expect anyone to actually take the time to write to it...
Incorporate rustling leaves into three flash stories (100-300 words? Feel free to write more.): one fantasy or sci-fi story, one (clean) romance story or thriller, and one literary or mainstream story.