Talent and Transition
in a Writing Prodigy
OF ALL of the factors that must co-incide to yield a prodigy, individual talent is the most obvious and, in a sense, most necessary. While my intention is to focus on the range of forces that contribute to the realization of prodigious potential, clearly the children's talents are striking and extreme. If these children themselves were not truly gifted, they would not emerge as prodigies. Most of us, even if we are placed in environments that greatly support and facilitate mastery of a particular field, would not have shown prodigious abilities. While it is important to remember that a child cannot realize his or her potential without the other factors comprising co-incidence, the individual potential for prodigious achievement itself is obviously a critical precondition.
This chapter is about talent in a child writer, and the role that talent plays as a critical factor in co-incidence. Randy McDaniel is the purest example