Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Are there really any experts on creative writing?
Am I an expert? I do have some credentials. I almost have a minor in English and have been a voracious reader for most of my life. I took one creative writing class and have read Writer’s Digest for fifteen years or so. I have also read many books on the craft of writing. Does any of that make me an expert?
Nope. None of that makes me an expert–it actually exposes some glaring weaknesses. Hemingway said: The hardest thing in the world to do is to write straight honest prose on human beings. First you have to know the subject; then you have to know how to write. Both take a lifetime to learn. Good writing, then, is learning about people and their struggles and being able to convey insights in a clear manner.
Hemingway also said: We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.
Writing takes a lifetime of learning. This is still my lifetime, and I’m still learning. I’m just an apprentice, a newbie, still learning the craft and still making mistakes.
I am by no means an expert but simply a sharer. Many of these posts were/are a way of encouraging myself along this writing journey.
I hope you will be encouraged as you read!