A fair amount of authors knew they wanted to be writers early on. They graduated high school and went off to earn their bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or English. So, what if you’re not one of those? Do you not educate yourself? Some contest that you can’t teach good writing, that learning more about craft ruins the creative process. That’s a bit naive. I’m not saying that since you have decided to become a writer that you should earn a bachelor’s if you don’t have one. If you want to, that’s great. If you don’t, you shouldn’t assume that you have nothing to learn. Writing is very complex and there’s a lot of simple mistakes that new writers make all the time.
There is a mountain of information out there. There are books, podcasts, blogs, conferences, workshops, writing groups, and social media, all at your disposal. Not using the resources around you is like not getting a cell phone because society survived thousands of years without them. Well, the printing press wasn’t around forever either. Should we not buy books because people survived without them for thousands of years? Take advantage. Learn something. No matter what you may think, you don’t know everything, and most authors will tell you that they are always learning something new. Even seasoned authors make mistakes with their novels, why should a new writer think they’re above such learning.
Just keep in mind that we need to continue learning. Be anxious to learn, it can only help your writing. Take a look at my Recommendations.