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?

Asked by
kool-kat-ale

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:

No.

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;

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HEROES NEVER RETIRE
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✐ DAILY WEIRD PROMPT ✐

HEROES NEVER RETIRE

Write a story from the point of view of a character as they sacrifice themselves to save the world. The catch? This character opens their eyes, and they find themselves alive. Double catch? They are somewhere far away, in a place in need of ‘heroes,’

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HI! First off, I'd like to say that you're amazing and I love your blog! You're advice has helped me through more than a few sticky situations in writing. I'm a young writer (14 years old) and I'm writing a kind of romance story. Since I'm pretty young and have no romance experience whatsoever, should I maybe wait until I'm older and work on other things for now?

Asked by
disneyluver1

Hello there, writerly friend~ ♥︎

You just posed one of my favorite paradoxes in writing. You see, nobody ever asks me:

"Hey Max, I am writing about vampires, except that I am not actually a vampire. What can I do to make sure the story is realistic?"

Or:

"Hey Max, I am writing about a teenager with a terminal illness, but I don’t have a terminal illness. What should I do?"

Or:

"Hey Max, I am writing about a character who is a soldier, but I have never killed someone in my life or served in the military. Should I enlist myself in the army?"

I meet so many writers who don’t believe they have the ‘experience’ to write about mundane things like ‘love’ and yet again nobody ever seems to question writing about things like ‘murder’ or ‘magic.’ I think it’s kind of funny— but, that doesn’t really answer the question. So, it’s time for me to take off my gloves and put things bluntly.

But my characters were. When i write, I am not there — and my experiences don’t matter at all — because the person you are reading about is not me.

As I have said countless times on this blog, when I write I am not the director or the actors— I am just the camera-man; I follow the characters and record their emotions. Do you think camera-men are required to have experienced what is happening on the other side of the lens? Of course not.

This is why that paradox is so amusing to me. Some writers think that they need to have experienced what they are writing about in order to be ‘realistic’ (whatever that even means), and yet nobody ever seems to bother with that when writing about the fantastical— werewolves, elves, shooting fireballs out of your fingertips, and whatnot.

Now, if you have read the above and you feel a great sense of freedom— now that you can finally get back to writing without worrying about ‘getting it right’ (whatever that even means), then you go on and write :D

But… if you read the above, and you still feel iffy about writing romance when you have never felt love, then I have some homework for you! I have tackled this very subject in the past in my weekly writing workshop, the Virtual Writing Academy:

Trust me, that should really cover all of your bases c;

I hope that this has been helpful! If you, or anyone, have any more questions feel free to send them my way~ ♥︎

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The Lonely Prince
Write about a young character who was once heir to a kingdom, but that is no more. Explore the mind of this character. What happened? Is this kingdom gone? Is this character no longer royalty? Or, worst of all, could it be that both of these things are… true?

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⚘ DAILY STORY SEED ⚘

The Lonely Prince

Write about a young character who was once heir to a kingdom, but that is no more. Explore the mind of this character. What happened? Is this kingdom gone? Is this character no longer royalty? Or, worst of all, could it be that both of these things are… true?

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chaoticcuriosity:

maxkirin:

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#093
You don’t need to be ‘ready.’
You just need to sit down and write.

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You answered my question maxkirin before I could even send it to you! 

It’s what I do~ ♥︎

chaoticcuriosity:

maxkirin:

+ DAILY WRITER POSITIVITY +

#093

You don’t need to be ‘ready.’

You just need to sit down and write.

Want more writerly content? Follow maxkirin.tumblr.com!

You answered my question maxkirin before I could even send it to you! 

It’s what I do~ ♥︎

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"Citizens of Iryport, we have gathered here today to witness a challenge of honor."

After two years of running, Lucian Wade has returned to Iryport. He left the city to escape the mistakes of his youth and now, he hopes that the past — and those he left behind — have given up on finding him.

But the past is relentless, and the person chasing him is not ordinary.

Johanna Kin, the most rich and powerful noble on the peninsula, is also Lucian’s only childhood friend. She wants to see him— but she doesn’t want to talk. Johanna calls a challenge of honor between her and Lucian.

A duel to the death.

Gadeean tradition demands that challenges be fought not with saber nor pistol, but with the blessings of the ancients. Within the veins of every Gadeean runs the black blood of The Mountain, and only they can ignite the power hidden in gemstones.

Separated from his allies, forced to fight for his life, Lucian clutches his ravensgem, and the power locked within.

“For too long I’ve been a victim of fate…”

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