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I also mean English degree because that seems to be a popular major for many writers, though I never truly considered it myself.
There are millions of writers around the world, right? Some can churn out great book after great book with their eyes closed. But some, like myself, struggle to finish a single manuscript. If I could make a list of all the writers out there based on talent, I’d put myself right in the middle in the group that is just barely able to write a full length novel. Because let’s face it, everyone most certainly does not have that one novel in them.
This is where that creative writing or English degree come in. One might assume that these writers have a leg up on those with no degree at all or those with a non-writing degree. You guys should know by now that my degree is in criminal justice. I’ve never taken any kind of creative writing class, though I did think of it during my last couple semesters. This means there are probably a million and one things that I have no knowledge of when it comes to writing. I mean, I read blog posts just about everyday about setting, character arcs, dialogue, plotting, description, and a hundred other things about writing a story that I can’t think of off the top of my head. I assume these things have been learned by all these writers along the way, but the thing is that I honestly don’t know anything about any of this stuff. While I’m writing I’m not thinking about any of these things. I just sit down and write and something gets put to paper.
I know that most other writers are not only better writers, but significantly more knowledgeable than I am. They also may not think of any of the things I mentioned above, but that’s because they already know what they’re doing with this whole writing thing. I’m still years and books and thousands upon thousands of words away from having the faintest idea.
Now my question to you, because what good would a post be without a definitive question? If you have a creative writing or English degree, how important do you think it is to your writing? If not, how did you come to learn all that you know about writing? I currently know nothing at all.