Like any profession, the writing profession undergoes continual change in terms of publishing opportunities, marketing, and even some writing techniques. Failure to keep up with such change could adversely affect your writing career.
So how much time, money, and effort should you devote to continuing education? How do you choose what continued ed to pursue and what not to pursue?
To answer these questions, you must first determine your goals for your writing. What do you want to accomplish in five years? Ten years? Thirty years? What do you need to do to achieve those goals? What type of continuing education will best serve you in meeting your writing goals?
Continuing education can be formal or informal. Formal includes degree programs in writing. Informal includes seminars, workshops, teleclasses, magazine subscriptions, and a host of other venues for learning that are not considered formal degree programs.
Once you determine what type of continuing education you need or desire to achieve your writing goals, take steps to obtain that education. Remember that successful writers are cutting-edge writers. They keep abreast of the latest developments in their field and take advantage of those that best serve their writing goals.
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