“When you can’t change the direction of the wind – adjust your sails.“
~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
There exists as many bits of advice as writers-perhaps tenfold. Many offer valuable tips, such as keep reading, write every day and avoid editing as you write. All help the process and keep you focused. Definitely, listen to the wisdom of experience.
However, another bit of advice can guide you on the literal path to writing riches. It can help you grow as a writer and as an individual. The best writing tip that I can offer you is to keep learning. Keep striving to learn more about the world you live in: its past and present, its mistakes and successes.
The Online Classroom
A way to accomplish this goal is through online courses. Massive open online courses (MOOCs) provide a means to learn about a whole host of worlds. When I started my journey in this process, I began with a writing in science class. While a little more political than I preferred, I learned about writing concisely and using punctuation to my advantage.
From there, the world opened up. Since then, I’ve taken classes on nutrition, exercise physiology, logic, philosophy and crime. I’ve indulged myself with topics that I had a passing interest in like paleobiology, gastronomy and plant biology.
Benefits of Being a Lifelong Learner
The journey has given me knowledge. It has surprised and amazed me. I’ve started new pursuits like taking my cooking to the next level–to my husband’s delight. I have conquered old demons, like the calculus class I failed in college. I can’t tell you how wonderful it feels to have settled this score with a subject that made me feel defeated in college. I aced the class! Today, my certificate of accomplishment hangs on my wall as a reminder that, yes, I can do it.
You can make MOCCs whatever you want them to be. They can empower you in ways that you may not have realized or even thought of. You owe it to yourself to give you the opportunity to grow.Print This Post
“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very’; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”