Monday, August 16, 2010
"Continuing Education" For Writers?
In today's economic climate, many of us recognize the need to further our education for career advancement, and to increase both our options and our "bottom" lines.
Even President Obama has deemed it a worthy cause by making college scholarship dollars available to moms, as an incentive to learn more so they can earn more!
But, oddly enough, rarely is the same regard given to creative careers.
I'm baffled by the fact that not enough writers feel the need to take classes, learn from mentors, or make ongoing efforts to sharpen their skills.
Is it "writer's ego"?
I say this not to be cruel, but to be candid.
As a former senior editor of a regional publication, I can't even count the number of articles and essays I would come across with improper grammar, incorrect spelling, and issues with subject/verb agreement.
In fact, once when I identified this developmental need to a fellow writer and Blogger, (to try to help), it was met with denial and harsh words on her part. Ouch!
But, as I see it, anytime we make our words available for "public consumption" we owe it to our audiences to put our best foot forward, to understand their needs, and to respect their time.
Wouldn't you agree?
Sure, nobody's perfect--myself included!
So, here's the $64,000 dollar question: How do you keep your skills sharp in order to keep your readers engaged, entertained and enlightened?
And...Can a writer ever be so advanced that he/she outgrows the need for learning more or being mentored?
Special note: If you'd like to hone your craft, earn more, and take your writing career to the next level, classes offered by coffeehouseforwriters.com start September 6th! They're presented online and can be taken in the convenience of your own home. With corporate downsizing and the advent of the Internet, writing is becoming increasingly competitive. It's no longer okay to be just "okay".
So, I'll be at the Coffeehouse sharing tips and techniques for today's writer.
I Hope you'll join me for a "stimulating experience." Register early. :-)
Image Credit: Simon Howden