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Where did you learn HOW to write?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Oldschoolguy, Jun 9, 2008.

  1. Oldschoolguy

    Oldschoolguy New Member

    Can J School teach you HOW to write?

    I'm in print sales now, but I spent 12 years as a magazine editor and publisher, and I've sold a book to a publisher on my own, as well. I learned to write mostly by being (brutally) edited. I can't imagine learning the craft of writing in J School or in any classroom. In fact, when I think about the writing instruction I got in high school and college, it was mostly stuff I had to forget, before I could really write for publication.

    I'm sure this is an incredibly rudimentary question for a lot of you. But I'm curious -- Where did you really learn how to write?
  2. Rumpleforeskin

    Rumpleforeskin Active Member

    Preschool or in my house as a toddler. Can't really remember. I taught myself how to read at 3-years-old by reading the newspaper.
  3. No.

    You learn by doing. I'm still learning.
  4. trifectarich

    trifectarich Well-Known Member

    Correct, and correct.
  5. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    For me, it was a family full of school teachers who provided a nurturing environment. And opiates.
  6. joe

    joe Active Member

    Scout, is that you?
  7. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    My dad taught me. He used a magnetic board with those big letters and assigned each one to a cleaning product. It was cool.
  8. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

    Second grade. /bobbyknight
  9. spup1122

    spup1122 Guest

    Michelle Tanner? I always had my suspicions. Now they're confirmed.
  10. Trey Beamon

    Trey Beamon Active Member

    I was waiting for that. Nice work, FDP.
  11. forever_town

    forever_town Well-Known Member

    I can't remember. I remember that my parents took turns reading to me when I was a baby.

    I guess I just took to writing at a very early age.

    In terms of writing, I learned more by being brutally edited. I had laid back teachers who let shit slide in math and science classes, but in English classes, I always seemed to draw the high-strung types who would make me rewrite B-minus papers because they somehow knew I was better than what they read.

    When I was at my community college rag, the advisor was definitely a Type A screamer. She kept on me until I got better and she kept pushing me to get better until I snapped. I don't miss the screaming, but I miss the interest she took in seeing me become a better journalist and a better person.

    I still have yet to find someone who mentored me quite as well, even all these years later.
  12. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    If anyone was going to catch that one, I knew it'd be you, Spup. Well done. Now go tell Doc to quit hanging his head in shame.
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