Here’s my answer: None.
I often hear writers express fear over not being “qualified” enough to write. But look at who Jesus picked to be His disciples. He didn’t recruit the most educated men to be His disciples. He called fishermen and tax collectors.
Credentials and degrees might be necessary for teaching in certain school settings, which I love doing. But they’re not necessary for writing. And I’ll spend the rest of my life sharing this truth with everyone I know.
It takes three things to be a writer:
1. An eagerness to learn
Writers must have an eagerness to learn the craft. And a lot of great resources are available. Here are my ten favorite books on the craft of writing.
2. A willingness to fail.
Writers must be willing to fail. It’s how we learn. We try different combinations of syntax and vocabulary until we settle upon the voice and style that’s truest to who we really are.
3. A readiness to try again.
Writers must be ready to try again. Not everything we write will find a Pulitzer Prize in the waiting. But we continue writing anyway.
To write is to risk.
To risk being known.
To risk being wrong.
To risk being rejected.
To risk being boring.
Because of fear, many writers experience a paralysis of the pen.
Fear paralyzes, but when writers press on, they discover a freedom on the other side of fear. <Tweet that!>
My advice? Never let credentials — or the lack thereof — inhibit you from expressing your heart and mind through words.
Continue writing, my friends, continue writing.
What do you do to learn the craft?
What It Really Takes to be a Writer by @DeniseJHughes <Share on Twitter!>
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