A writing course???
Hi. I've always wanted to write books. I often have a few in my head but lack the courage to get started. Do you think it's good to do a writing and editing course through uni or something? I'm scared of doing a course like that and being told HOW to write - do you know what I mean? I don't want a formula, I just need some support and kick starting. Please tell me your thoughts. Thank you. SamResponse:
There are different types of courses, but there's no reason to be afraid of any of them. Most people benefit from feedback and lessons from instructors (most of whom, after all, are writers themselves who are quite familiar with what other writers go through). After the course, you can take what's useful and just set aside anything that isn't. But having your writing approach challenged by another point of view can help you grow as a writer much faster than you would on your own.
Some courses are really just opportunities to write regularly, share your work with other budding writers, get and give feedback, and develop helpful contacts. Others might cover the finer points of style (which most people really do benefit from). Even the courses that are more formulaic can be very helpful. There's no rule against breaking the rules once you know them, but not knowing them can hold you back.