Should You Take a Writing Course?

Every day there are courses offered for writers.  There are online courses and there are writing coaches who will help you walk through the steps of writing.  (I know of several if you would like me to refer you).  

Do you have to take a course or have a degree to be a writer?  No.

Just get writing and see where the path leads you. I started writing in a creative writing course in high school. Do what suits your personality and skill level. Look up help online to improve your grammar. 

If you feel taking a course will help, sign up.  If a writing group is of interest, join one.  

Grow it at your own pace. You should know when you're ready to take the next step of publishing a blog, writing a query letter, sending an article to a content site editor, signing up for personalized coaching, or sending a manuscript to an agent. 

The point is, there is no set path for a writer. No degree is required.

Thick Skin

The field of writing can be tough on you, though.  You will have editors rip your work apart. You will want to be as prepared and knowledgable as you can be. 

As you develop your craft, you will likely see yourself make dumb errors and feel embarrassed when important people point them out.  You will get rejections and hurt feelings.

Good writers take the pain in stride.  They take what they're dished and pour it back into their writing to be used for good.

A great way to test your skills is to put a piece past an inexpensive proofreader or editor to see how you fare.  Another way to test your skill level is to send an article to an article site--preferably one that uses in-house editors that will scrutinize your work and offer feedback.  

I have learned a lot from the editors at where I have many articles for sale. I don't always agree with the editor. Like art, some writing is subjective. Writing for an online audience is also far different than writing more intensive materials. 

Much input can be learned online and through studying style guides. If you really love writing, you will also be a reader. So the moral of this post is READ, LEARN WHERE YOU CAN, TEST THE WATERS, and JUST KEEP WRITING to perfect your craft. 

Writing - Where to Start

I've always loved writing and have looked for ways to make money writing.  Finally I've found it--creating web content articles, blog info and fillers, for pay. 

Sometimes the craving in our heart just needs the world to catch up to it.  Now that there is the World Wide Web there are so many opportunities for writers. 

Thank goodness for technology and virtual work!

Years ago, I started with a simple blog.  I began it never thinking I would actually publish it, have followers or get business from it.  But I have.  Not only that, blog writing has given me the opportunity to release my writing cravings.  I need to write.  I have to write.

Since then I have a few other blogs on the go and a website

So, if you're thinking of starting a blog or investigating writing opportunities, take the plunge.  Just get writing.  Leave your work to simmer (work that you plan to sell, that is) and go back to edit it in a day or two. 

This is a start.