A question that is on my mind, how useful it is to have to learn how to write in school. I don’t because well I found that writing isn’t just personal for me, but at the same time it also has been something that I have to explore myself. No one can tell me how to write, and my style has evolved to be quite unique.
Although many authors seem to head back into writing school, trying to get critiques from creative writing students. But how useful is that? I spend my time in a classroom learning to code, learning to innovate instead of write. But I feel as though it has been one of the most useful ways, as I observe people more often, I spend my time working with others, joining projects, researching anything that I was interested in.
That has been much more useful to me when compared to having critiques, because I draw my own conclusions which goes into how I develop my plot, writing my characters and why they drive the story above all.
To me, it isn’t about your credentials. Although if you’re an editor, I will prefer that over your feelings, your emotions and your words. Because they are the ones who refine your voice, but when you’re a writer, I don’t think having all these credentials is all that useful.
Because we’re trying to create a story here, which requires us to do so. We can take part in critique groups which helps us refine our writing and craft, but I rarely think that we should just limit ourselves to that. Find things they you’re also interested in, go out and experience as much as you can, because you’ll always need that to write. You can’t create if you don’t keep on expanding your horizons, thinking about what’s possible.
Lastly, name writers who have never pursued writing as a degree if you’re still unsure. If you still are, go ahead, some needs the stimulating environment to create. For me, it is better not to because I just do better without it. In fact that environment will have instead been damaging to me, as I just do better when left to ponder over it myself. To write what I want, when I want.