"We paddled the canoe down the river. The trees along the river bent over us like a tent. The trees opened up to show a pond beneath a waterfall. The water beneath the falls turned white from the force of the falling water."
The teacher donned a look of surprise when she read it. You know I wondered if she would send me on another trip to the principal's office. Looking back on this leads me to believe that I have some natural writing ability. However, to write well, to be a writing professional, you need to write a great deal. I earned a masters degree that required I write, and write, and write, and discovered that I love writing.