captainkatkenway asked:

Do you think it'd be necessary to go to a writing school for a person to be a good writer? Did you attend a professional writing school?


Hello there, writerly friend~ ♥︎

I’m actually kind of surprised that I have yet to touch on this subject. So, I would like to thank you for sending in your question c; That being said, the answer to your question is pretty simple.

Short answer:


Long answer:

Neil Gaiman, Maya Angelou,  H. G. Wells, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, J. K. Rowling (who got a B.A in French, of all things xD), Arthur Conan Doyle, Ray Bradbury (which I think it’s the most ironic, seeing as how SO MANY people in high school get to read the works of an almost-high-school-dropout), and the list goes on and on.

No. I don’t think that in order to be a good writer you need to go to ‘writing school.’ You don’t need ‘formal’ education in any art to be good at it, you just need to be passionate about what you do and always be looking out to improve your craft. Simple as that. There will be people out there who will try to tell you that unless you go to college you are wasting your time, and I would instead urge you to research, ask people (as you are doing now) and make your own choice.

As for me, I took a bunch of creative writing courses in college. Looking back on them, I didn’t learn anything that I hand’t picked up in high-school by that point (except for maybe the Marcy Rule). No. The best part of that class was really not the class itself…

It was the empowerment. It was a place where we all wrote. It was a place where we were encouraged to write— and you had to write, after all everyone had to turn in 10 pages of writing every week. It was also a nice place to meet other writers, and create a community.

But don’t let that fool you. I quickly realized — because I’m self-centered to know when I am becoming lazy — that I soon outgrew the pace of the classes. During my metamorphosis (when I finished my first book) I realized that the class was slowing me down. I was comfortable with writing 2.5K words a week and calling it done— but I wanted more than that, I wanted to write more.

So, I moved on. I found a pace for myself, made this blog, and have been writing stories ever since. Simple as that.

Remember that I am not saying that you should skip on school altogether, or that you should go to college. I am giving you the power to choose for yourself. Going to college may be helpful— but do not expect, for one second, that having a piece of paper saying that you graduated from a creative writing course makes you inherently better than any other writer.

There is no ‘quick’ or ‘easy’ way to become a better writer. Whether you go to school or not, you are going to have to put in the hours, and write.

If you don’t think that this is an empowering message, I want you to take a moment and realize that there have been amazing writers who attended university and amazing writers who did not. This means that it’s not where you go— but your own passion and dedication that dictates your own success. This means that what you do with your talent is up to you. You hold the entire power of creation in your hands.

And if that is not empowering, then I don’t know what is c;