Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Can writing be learned?

This is a question that has been asked many times over the years. Here is my opinion on the subject.

We go to English class and learn how to spell, the correct structure of a sentence, and the different parts of a sentence. We learn the correct way to create a paragraph, an article, and a story. We enroll in workshops to help us improve our writing skills.

Can writing be learned? Yes.

A writer is a person with a unique perception on life. He thrives to create new worlds, educate others, and/or entertain an audience (even if that audience is himself). He enjoys the process of building words into sentences, sentences into paragraphs, and paragraphs into stories or articles.

Can you learn to be a writer? No.

Share your opinions on the subject.


Aubrie said...

Yes, I agree! You can't learn how to enjoy writing. Some poeple (like my husband) just don't like it. He can learn to write, but he's never going to enjoy it or pursue it. Great post!

quixotic said...

I have to agree with you, writing can be learned but a writer is something different. It's the same with drawing, painting, etc... There is just something extra there.

Anonymous said...

Aubrie, my boyfriend would be a great writer, wonderful imagination, but the thought of writing makes him cringe.

quixotic, agreed. It takes certain people to be interested in creating.

Charmaine Clancy said...

I've completed an endless number of writing courses, through University, TAFE, online etc etc. In fact I'm doing the Holly Lisle course How To Think Sideways and How To Revise Your Novel right now and looking to enrol in more course, even though I teach English/Literature for high school. You can always learn more about the craft.

Anonymous said...

Charmaine, yes we are always learning as writers.

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