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I am a beginning writer.  I have college degrees in other areas but not in English or Journalism.  During college, my English professor pulled me aside and suggested I consider a career in writing but of course I didn't consider it.  Is it necessary for me to obtain a writing related degree in order to write and be taken serious as a writer?  I have enrolled in an online writing class through Writiers Digest.  There are several available.  Will these courses help me develop my writing skills or must I pursue a college degree?

You would greatly put my mind to rest by giving me your feelings on this subject.

Thank you so much.

KHW

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Dear KHW,
Thank you for your letter. You do not need a degree in writing or journalism. The Writer's Digest classes will help you. I took their novel writing class and got a lot out of it. I'm sure their other classes are up to the same caliber.
Make writing your passion and a lifelong learning project. Read lots of writing books, stay involved with other writers in writing classes and writer's support groups, and write every day.
Also, get a day job that earns money. Or, get a job in journalism, research, teaching, business, or any career where you use writing.  
Writing only turns a profit after you have a following to buy your books. So, two tracks: one to earn money and one to follow your passion. When you are earning enough money in writing, then quit your other job.
I hope this helps,
Sincerely,
Nori


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