I am thinking about going back to school to obtain a writing degree in the hopes of following my dream of becoming an author.
I currently have a Bachelors in social work and I work a full time job that I cannot quit. I would love to go back to school however I am having trouble finding the time to do so.
Is it necessary to have a degree in creative writing or English in order to obtain work as a writer?
I don’t have a degree and many of the successful writers I know don’t have a degree. Some barely finished high school.
I don’t mean to be harsh, but if you want my honest opinion, going back to school is often a way to avoid writing.
I know it’s hard to write when you’re working full time, but many of us have found a way to do it until we could earn enough from our writing.
Often we were able to move from a job we hated to a writing job, and then to a part time job. We kept writing.
I know at least one person who moved overseas for cheaper living so he could afford to write.
Sure, going back to school can be worthwhile, but do it because you love to study, not as an entry into freelance writing. If you truly want to be a freelance writer you’ve simply got to write, and write and write.
Write well and often,