Why Writing Courses are so Beneficial

Thanks to the recent popularity of what could only be called ‘celebrity authors’, there has been a huge surge in people hoping to hone their writing skills and cash in on this exciting gravy train. Hopeful authors have been attending book readings, writing fairs, writers groups and creative writing seminars in the hundreds – all hoping to pick up that magical formula that makes a good book great. Unfortunately, only a few ever end up reaching the point of publishing. Writing a book might seem like an easy feat initially, but it’s much more difficult than most think, and that’s not even taking the publishing process into account. So, what do you do if you have an idea rattling around in your head, that you just know will be as big as Harry Potter, but you don’t know where to start?

A writing course is definitely one of the best places to begin your journey to literati superstardom! At the very least, a writing course – which doesn’t necessarily need to be a creative writing course – will give you the tools needed to get those amazing ideas out of your head and onto paper. It will also give you an understanding of how the publishing process works (or the employment process for writers, for those who would prefer to work as a copywriter, grant writer or similar), so that you’re not flailing blindly once your final draft has been completed. Writing courses offer so much more though…

Like a great book, a great writer needs a foundation – a basic understanding of how a book is formulated. You can have the most imaginative characters in mind for your story, but if you don’t know how to introduce and create interaction with those characters, it’s all for naught. The same can be said for the setting, the timeline and the actions within the story. Then, they need to be able to express their feelings through the words they write. This – more than anything – is the key to writing a hit. A writing course will teach you all of these things.

Even if you’re not in it to write an award-winning novel, a writing course can offer you the perfect opportunity to learn how to express yourself clearly in any situation that involves the written word. This means that – whether you’re a secretary, teacher, website builder, personal assistant or the Prime Minister – you’ll be able to get your point across in an easy to understand and fluent manner. This will help you avoid miscommunication, which is vitally important in many careers.

Then there are the hobby writers. Those who want to be able to tell their personal stories – not for fame and glory – but for their families or for themselves. Imagine being able to accompany your photos from your next overseas adventure with a written commentary. Then, imagine your future kin reading those words, long after you’ve left this mortal coil. Photos are just photos and – even though they say a picture tells a thousand words – imagine being able to express exactly what the picture represents. This isn’t only beneficial to those who read the work, but it’s also extremely therapeutic for the writer.

In fact, there are many writers who feel that the activity of writing releases them from the shackles of daily life and – just like their readers – it transports them to another world, where actions are not restricted by the normal societal or physical boundaries. Regardless of your own reasons for showing an interest in writing, you’ll come away from a writing course with this very ability. An ability to articulate your thoughts and bring them to life, then share them with others, so that they too may be enthralled by the wonder of your imagination.

 

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