Michelle in MO Posted June 30, 2008 Share Posted June 30, 2008 I've thought quite a bit lately about what makes a good writer, that is, how is a good writer grown? How is he/she educated? What was the "spark" that got them interested in writing in the first place? My oldest two girls just completed a week at a creative writing camp and had a fantastic time. All of the kids at this camp (I believe there were 28) would be the more "nerdy" kids in a high school class. I think they were a tremendous group of kids! After all, a kid has to really love writing in order to attend a summer camp for the subject, right? At any rate, my girls have expressed an interest, off and on, about pursuing writing as a career. If that doesn't happen, I'm certainly not going to be disappointed in either one of them. I want them to pursue their passion, not mine. How can I encourage them properly for this type of future, though, should they pursue it? For example, when they go to college, should I encourage them to major in English, or in English and some other field, or in whatever field they wish? Whenever I read any book, but particularly one that's very well-written, I always read all of the notes accompanying the book---the introduction, prologue, forward, epilogue, etc. I want to find out all that made that writer "tick". It seems to me that the best writers have a wide array of life experiences that fuel their writing. After all, you have to have something about which to write, correct? For example, I'm currently reading David McCollough (again); this time, The Path Between the Seas, which is excellent. David McCollough majored in English, but is obviously a gifted historian and writer. In fact, one review I read of him stated, "It is impossible for David McCollough to write a bad page of prose." His research is phenomenal. Lauren Hillebrand, the author of Seabiscuit, also comes to mind. She also majored in English and possibly history, I believe. Yet she writes for Equus, a magazine about horses. Jon Krakauer is another author I admire; I'm not sure what he studied in college, but he's an adventurer and writes for Outside magazine (or, at least he used to). So, how do you encourage your kids in this area without forcing them? Continue to provide opportunities? How would you advise them for college? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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