Whether you write fiction, poetry, plays, or screenplays you can absolutely teach yourself how to be a creative writer.
Read, Read, Read
Books can be expensive, so remember that you can always visit your local library (if you have one), and you can find lots of resources for free online.
The more you read the more you will know what has been done in your genre and medium before, and the more confident you will be about what it is you need to write, and how to contribute to the field!
Write, Write, Write
This is actually great news because it means that boffins and nerds can’t come along and trump you just by reading up quickly in the area.
It actually takes years and decades of practice to learn the craft, which means that to some extent all your hard work is being rewarded as you slowly improve.
Of course there is an underlying element of natural talent, but talent never wrote a book.
Most writers would agree that the more you write, the better you get!
Whatever it is, let time be your friend by writing regularly, and watch the word count mount up over the weeks and years!!!
Read Books by Experts
They say ‘those who can’t do, teach’. This is a mean way of saying only those who can’t actually perform the skill in question resort to teaching. Otherwise, wouldn’t they just be making all their money from their creative writing?
Letter Review believes this is a reductive way of thinking about creative writing teachers. The ultimate proof is when someone who is extremely good at creative writing says that a certain writing teacher knows what they are talking about, and has really helped them.
If you can find a creative writing teacher like this, then it’s totally worth investigating what they have to say.
Watch Classes Online
Now that you are reading books and watching lectures online, are you still teaching yourself? I think you are.
It’s just a matter of doing it at your own pace, and not paying anyone to be your instructor, right? Some of us are autodidacts and just don’t like to be told what to do or what to think.
Creative Writing Workshops
Start a writing workshop with your friends. This can be a low stress and fun way for you to share work with people you trust, and get the benefit of their wisdom. If you hear everyone else’s feedback too then you get lots of wisdom.
Creative Writing Groups and Book Clubs
Sometimes workshops can be a bit overwhelming, or difficult to organise. In that case, just jump in a creative writing group or a book club.
You can meet for dinner, or coffee and discuss a certain book, or discuss any upcoming opportunities or any thoughts you have about creative writing.
Just getting into the society of like minded writers can be a wonderful way to expand your horizons, make friends, and learn a lot about creative writing!