Friday, August 19, 2011

Writers Without College Degrees

I hate to admit to you that I only have an Associate of Arts 2-year degree from Johnson County Community College. Sure, there were a couple of classes in there where I had to write original works, and I'm pretty sure I got As in those, but that degree took me 10 years to finish. By the time I was done, I knew I never wanted to go to college again if I could help it!

So I was annoyed with myself and didn't think I'd ever become a writer. Then one day I just started doing it and haven't looked back. By speciality is parenting articles and essays, but then I branched out into the ebook world. Now I'm working on a cookbook and an ebook memoir while still writing just about everything I can. I also whip up blog posts for money sometimes.

My message to you is that sometimes people can be over-educated. To me, this means they don't LOVE TO LEARN; they just went to school because they had to and then on to college because it was expected. I love learning my craft more every day because I enjoy it and not because I am trying to make millions or impress someone. If you have a college degree -- something cool like an MFA even -- good for you! That is wonderful, and I hope you had an amazing time earning that degree and that it is serving you well in your writing.

Write on! Check out these sites:

College Dropouts Hall of Fame
Forbes (33% of the Forbes 400 don't have college degrees; Bill Gates was a Harvard dropout!)
100 Top Entrepreneurs Who Succeeded Without a College Degree

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