Too Cool for School? Why Writers Should Never Stop Learning

Some of you out there may be geniuses. You are the finished article. You no longer need to work towards making yourself a better writer because you are already perfect. This blog is not for you. It is for the other 99.99% of writers who are wise enough to know they will never be perfect because there is always something new to learn but who can’t quite find the time to do anything about it.

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Open Book Pages by Jo Naylor courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons licensed by CC BY 2.0

When writers first start out we are like sponges, soaking up knowledge from as many different sources as we can. But as we progress, the business of writing takes over. We find the genres that suit our style best. We craft our stories. We are on our way. Somehow those courses or that speech don’t seem so important anymore. Sure, we know we could learn something, probably would but that work in progress is pulling us back to the screen and it all seems like too much trouble.

Most professionals, be they doctors or lawyers, have an obligation to keep their training up to date by attending so many hours of professional development courses each year. As writers, we are our own bosses. If we want to skip school, we can.

Some of us may even be running our own courses and think that we cannot be seen attending someone else’s.

Don’t fall into that trap. However busy you are, however successful you might be, make the effort to keep re-filling the well with knowledge because if all you do is empty it, one day it will run dry.

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Wasted Wishes by Randy Heinitz courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons licensed by CC BY 2.0

There are plenty of courses out there. Some towns and cities run literary programmes year round. Others are centred around literary festivals. And of course you will find a wealth of online courses and talks available at the touch of a button which you can attend from the comfort of your own home wearing your PJs if you so desire. They are not all aimed at beginners.

When was the last time you made an effort to re-fill the well? Why not hunt out a course that is tailored to your genre or an aspect of your writing that needs a little help (come on – we’ve all got them!). I bet if you make the effort you will come back inspired and your writing will be reinvigorated as a result.

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One Lady Leaping by Lauren Manning courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons licensed by CC BY 2.0

Today’s blog is the latest in my Flower Seller Thursday collection of writing related blogs leading up to publication day of my first novel The Flower Seller on Thursday 2nd June 2016 #FlowerSellerThursday

The Flower Seller Kindle edition is now available to pre-order from Amazon via my website

The Flower Seller by Ellie Holmes



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