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Do I Need a Writing Course?

Is it necessary to attend writing courses in order to improve writing style. Having just got one rejection for my novel I feel I need some guidelines as to where I am going wrong.


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If you have not taken a creative writing course, you are definitely at a disadvantage, as it usually takes published authors years of classes and study before they can produce a publishable novel.

Courses are not the only way to learn to write creatively, so taking a course is not strictly necessary. Some people study for years on their own. They read dozens of books on craft and dissect and analyze a multitude of novels and short stories to understand their narrative options.

Other people opt for private instruction and hire a mentor for encouragement, feedback, and lessons.

However you go about it, whether through a writing course, self-study, or coaching, it is crucial to learn the craft of writing.

Creative writing, like all skills, requires an understanding of various writing techniques. Not understanding them, or worse, not knowing that they exist, will make real publication impossible.

Many people are choosing vanity presses to self publish their work, and it's a shame that most of them know very little about how to put together an interesting and absorbing narrative. Few readers will slog through a badly structured and poorly written story, so the writer's readership will be minimal.

If you're serious about being published, accept that there is a lot to learn and begin learning.

Most people can put paint on a canvas, but doing so does not make one an artist. An artist first learns technique and then must practice, practice, practice. The same is true of writing. Most people can string words together, but doing so does not make one an author.

If you'd like to learn why you're work is being rejected, consider this low cost option I provide, or find a local editor for an evaluation. Either way, you will have a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses in your writing.

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