Hemingway never went to college; but he did have experience writing. He was a newspaper reporter. If a writer does not go to college, it is very difficult for that writer to get the kind of exposure to grammar, spelling, punctuation, clarity and the other elements of writing that he or she needs.
I’m sorry to be the one to tell you.
That does not mean a writer cannot gain this exposure on his or her own. I’m just saying it’s very difficult to do so. And as far as I can tell, many writers simply do not take writing seriously enough to gain the knowledge and skills they need on their own to be good writers.
The point of this article is, if you get a chance to get some sort of college that covers writing: composition, non-fiction or fiction, take advantage of it. Even if you have been out of college for sometime.
This is the Old Soldier blogging near the University of Pittsburgh.
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