Q&A Part 27: Education

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@chofas_13 asks: What did you study to become a writer? Did you always wanted to become a writer? What was your dream job when you were growing old and what is your dream job now?

My dream job growing up was to be a writer. My dream job now is still to be a writer. I am very, very, very lucky that my dreams have come true.

I didn't go to school to be a writer. I went to school to get a job that would pay my bills while I practiced writing in my spare time. I got my degree in English Education with a MA in English literature. With this degree, I can teach either high school English or college literature. I actually liked teaching--much more than I expected to--and I adored my students. But I couldn't write as much as I wanted to when I was also grading papers, and so I stepped down after my first book got published and became a full time writer. 

Education is important--as a teacher and a lifelong student, I will always believe this. But remember that education for a career as a writer doesn't necessarily have to involve a creative writing degree. Reading books, practicing writing, living life--these are all invaluable parts of the education of a writer.

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