Is Formal Education necessary to become a Writer?

“Formal Education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” – Jim Rohn

There are many ways through which one can gain wisdom, knowledge and insights and a formal education is regarded as one among them. However, the importance of self-education is not to be denied as well. Self-education is as much important, as the formal education is provided that the learners are motivated firmly and make their efforts in bringing improvements persistently. According to Isaac Asimov, “Self-Education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.”

It may be noted that though the formal education counts greatly, but it’s not the case always. In order to be known as a good writer, the art of writing effectively and efficiently with a clear perception and good knowledge is more important than the formal degrees. It’s thus what authenticates for a successful writer is his valuable and impressive writings. It must be noted that “From Hemingway to Jose Saramago, several world class writers were autodidacts with little formal education.” 

Though it is absolutely true that one should be qualified in terms of his education to write effectively and efficiently; the more qualified you are or the higher educational degrees you have, the more are the chances to grow and develop as a writer. But, it should not be taken in isolation, because the thing which is of great value and importance is the attainment of the required knowledge and skills, whether these are accomplished through formal education or without it Thus, the knowledge and the required skills is the very essence in making your name as a successful writer.

It would be appropriate to mention that, the objective of formal education is to evaluate one, whether or not he has gained the related knowledge, concepts and the skills in accordance with the stipulated period and in a way it is intended through the courses. If the exams are successfully cleared, the related degrees are awarded accordingly.

In order to survive as a successful writer, the formal education is not compulsory. One can gain knowledge and the required skills informally or off the record. It thus to make a good record as a good writer, one must have good knowledge as well as the art of using the language effectively and efficiently, as it goes in this saying, “To become a writer, you need to be an avid reader.”

However, It is worthwhile to mention that formal education serves as a stepping stone to your writing carrier. If it is attained, it gives the added value to your skills. But the most important thing is to gain knowledge, wisdom and great insights and clear perception in producing valuable pieces of writings; the attainment of which does solely depend on an individual that how he or she does it.

Written by:
K. A. Fareed (Fareed Siddiqui)
Writer, Trainer, Author, Blogger, Software Developer
BBA, MBA-Finance, MPhil-Financial Management, (PhD-Management)
MA-English, MPhil-English
Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications and Programming
Certificate course in English language proficiency
Level 1 – Leadership and Management ILM – UK
Pursuing CMA-USA
Individual Member of Institute of Management Consultants of India


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