Am I an autistic savant? No, but I am hyper-focused in two areas, which has made me better in both arts. I love website programming, and I love writing. (I am working on a couple of books.)
My hyper focus relaxes me and makes me talented in one area and deficient in others. But, that is not entirely true. I am unusually deficient in math, but not from lack of focus. I have tried in math college classes, but to no avail. When I have math to deal with, such as in my business, I ask hubby who, is extremely good at math (He’s a programmer.). Being proficient at math is not only the numbers; it is a way of thinking that affects all sorts of things such as logic and problem-solving.
So, I write. I must admit, I don’t spend time editing this blog. It just flows out, and I publish.
It’s divine to write without interruption. I am in my element, I am happy, and I am relaxed. It can go too far for the people around me though. I can work from sun to sun and after, still immersed in what I am working on. That hyper focus excludes other humans who are in the here and now, not characters in a book.
It was that way growing up. I was into learning musical instruments, which I was not particularly good at. I liked cross-pollinating sweet williams to make different color variations, which didn’t turn out. I had all sorts of ideas. Finally, I landed on writing.
Is it nature or nurture or both? I say both.
I read. I listened to short stories on CBC radio, so I was listening to the greats in Canadian literature long before I understood all the content that adults could. I devoured the library. I read the entire set of Funk & Wagnalls encyclopedias Mum had bought for us. I think I gravitated to reading, listening, and learning about writing long before I took up a pen.
So, I feed the nature and experience the joy of immersing in it.