How to develop real creative writing talent?

I am reading a book by Cormac McCarthy called “The Road,” a heart-wrenching story of a man and his young son trying to make their way through a future gone mad. The world as we know it has ended, and there is barely nothing left, only fire, ash, sorrow, and dead bodies. There are few survivors, and most them have banded together into evil, insane gangs that prey on the decent.

I came across a metaphor last night that prompted me to write this post. McCarthy was describing the dead trees. “the thin black trees burning on the slopes like stands of heathen candles.”

What a picture that creates! The thing that makes McCarthy’s passage great is the fact that he describes something in a way no one else could. That is the sign of true creative writing talent, the ability to convey a message in a way that is unique and not cliche. Think about it. The greatest writing is that which makes us see things in a new way, a way we’ve never considered.