Notes from An Alien

~ Explorations In Writing { and reading and publishing } ~

Can writing be taught? And what do writing teachers teach?

Roz Morris has written a number of books about writing…

In today’s re-blog, she explores whether writing can actually be “taught”…

Nail Your Novel

2658174628_049a403892_bThe other night I was watching The Rewrite, in which a Hollywood scriptwriter reluctantly becomes a writing teacher. In the early part of the film he asserts that writing can’t be taught.

In some ways, I agree.

But wait, you might say. And you might brandish a kettle at me, or a pot as black as night. What, Ms Morris, are you doing here? On your blogs, in your seminars, with your nifty tips and nailing books?

Well, I hope I’m being useful, but it’s interesting to consider how much of a writer is made by what is taught, and how much is … something else.

You do the work
No matter how many courses you take or books you read, they won’t build your facility for you. You’re the one playing the instrument, and you need years of practice and exploration. The fabled 10,000 hours to achieve…

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2 responses to “Can writing be taught? And what do writing teachers teach?

  1. Roz Morris @Roz_Morris September 24, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Ah, you pick the thorniest posts, Alexander! Thank you!


  2. Alexander M Zoltai September 24, 2016 at 11:54 am

    “Thorniest”? Must be a Rose in there…



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