Where I’m at Wednesday
“What makes you an authority on writing?”
“What merits do you have?”
“Who gave you the right to write?”
Most of my advice is the result of many conflicts I have had to face over the years. Those questions above were just some I have encountered along my journeys.
Sadly, many people believe that if you don’t have a higher education out of high school, then you have no authority to write, or be called “author”.
One of my favorite authors, Ray Bradbury wrote astonishing details and created innovative ideas. It wasn’t until later that I learned his viewpoint about college.
“Libraries raised me. I don’t believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most students don’t have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn’t go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years.”
I’m not discrediting anyone with a degree, but we, as a society cannot limit ourselves to a select few who were privileged to go.
Since the dawn of mankind, humans have dreamed and invented miraculous things. Our written language came later, and so did our ability to write fictitious stories.
Did we doubt Homer’s talents after reading The Iliad? What about Charles Dickens’ work?
I encourage everyone to learn as much as you can. If taking English Literature, Creative Writing, or other classes help to polish your skills, then I say BRAVO! Although if you are like me and college was not attainable, don’t let that slow you down. You can gain much knowledge from the many resources available—libraries, the Internet or within a writer’s group.
Take care, my friends.