All writers want to improve some level of their craft. Whether it’s their characters, scenes, or plots, we all strive to create the best work possible. What personal investments do you make to improve your writing? Do you attend writing programs, such as MFAs? Do you have the money or time available to invest in a MFA?
As a writer, father of two teens, and a full time job, I don’t have the time or the money. However, let me offer some alternatives.
Take writing courses offered at your local community college. These classes are much cheaper than the MFA, and generally only run 6-8 weeks. Ed2go is a very popular and affordable way to improve all aspects of your writing career. Want to improve your writing? Several courses are available, from beginner to advanced, creative and nonfiction. What to learn or improve your editing skills? There is a course for that. How about self-publishing, or going the traditional route? There is a class for that, too.
Local writing seminars are offered to the public, and guess what? They’re usually free. Check out this local writing group, The Written Remains Writing Guild. Four times a year, they offer a FREE Get Out and Write seminar at a local public library. The first Saturday of the month, writers are invited to network and talk about writing over coffee. They offer a motivational summer writing challenge, and a mini NaNoWriMo. What to take in the local flavor of prose? Come meet some of the members at the Newark Arts Alliance for poetry and short story readings. Full disclosure, I am a member of this writing guild.
Finally, many writers now type their manuscripts instead of writing them out. How many you of you wish you could type as fast as your mind came up with the words? Then, invest time improving your typing skills and sign up for a free, online course. The one I use is Typing Web. Just log in as a student and kick those bad habits out the window.
There are many personal investments you can make in your writing career, and range in cost. Make one today. You’re worth it.