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Should Writers Major In Other Disciplines?

My answer is yes. They should, they should make an effort to learn about anything that they exhibit an interest in. Mostly because of the fact that if you’re going to just study writing, you’re going to run out of ideas pretty soon.

And the fact that for me, I just have plenty of other interests than just writing. I will make the effort to join some competitions and courses to hone my craft, but fundamentally, I still like a lot of other things, like history, coding and all the other topics which kept my interest throughout the years.

Another reason is that it can help me find a lot of ideas. My ideas have a certain feel that I learned from reading everything and history, although I don’t use a lot of what I learn, but it just doesn’t make me feel like I don’t have anything new to say. Or the fact that I have done it before I put it to paper.

One more reason is also because of the market. It is tough to survive as a writer alone, some feel that it is their only passion and their reason for breathing, but for me, it is just one part of myself. I still enjoy a lot of other things and hope to explore them, I still have a lot of other dreams. A writer is just a part of me, but it isn’t the only thing worth mentioning.

What about your thoughts? Do you think that writers should just focus only on writing or they can spread themselves out?


8 thoughts on “Should Writers Major In Other Disciplines?

  1. With so many universities offering and encouraging double (and sometimes even triple!) major degrees, I don’t see why not–might as well make the most out of the high tuition one pays for (or takes loans out to pay). The best part is that to become a writer, one doesn’t really need to major in English because by now, most degrees require writing intensive curriculum. So yes, prospective writers should major in other fields (gives some great insights into new topics too!).

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      1. No problem! Also, it’s worth mentioning not buying into the whole “it’ll take more years and money to complete coursework” argument. Most people get it done in the typical 4-5 years–just takes hard work and dedication.

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  2. I agree it is helpful to study something other than writing, especially if you are planning to write speculative fiction. That being said, my history degree has helped me less than my English degree so far. What literature or writing degrees to give you is lots of experience reading and writing and peer reviewing, which can be hard to get on your own. All that being said, this all assumes that getting a degree is the answer. I think a smart person could get by just fine in writing without a degree. This is the one field where it really IS all about merit, whether you write well or not. Publishers don’t really care what degree you have, which cannot be said of laboratories or investment companies.

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    1. It is true that at the core it is be able to write well and English degrees provide that culture in the first place. As compared to other degrees in field unrelated to this. Thanks for sharing your opinion.


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