Some time back I posted an article about some doubt still flickering in the minds of many would-be writers. I asked the question to know whether a writing qualification is essential for anyone willing to become a writer. I suggested that although you may have a good academic qualification you’d need to master some basic writing skills.
I just came across a similar query on the discussion board of Writers and Editors, which I thought might be of interest to whoever is still hesitant to embrace the writing world. A student submitted the following question: “Do I need a college degree to be a writer?” And the given answer, which is somewhat blunt, seems to converge on the thoughts expressed in my post: “No, you do not need a college degree to be a writer, although you might need one to get some of the jobs that sustain writers who can’t make a living selling their material freelance.” You may read the rest here.
“Writers and Editors” is packed with resources for writers. There are a number of other interesting questions and answers. Some are listed below if you’d like to take a peek:
– How to approach an editor an agent has recommended
– How can I get started writing the story of my life?
– Stop typing two spaces after the period!
– What’s the difference between a query and a proposal?
– How can I avoid being sued for libel?
Whether you have a degree or not, if you enjoy writing go ahead.