Currently Reading: Loved, loved, LOVED Jean Joachim's Love's Last Chance!!! Definite Recommended Read! I think this one is officially my favorite of the the series, though I have a sneaking suspicion that book #6 will be a close call. I was hoping Dorrie would end up with the 'right' man, though I wasn't sure at first who that 'right one' would be:) I'm soooooo looking forward to the release of #6; I want to be one of the first to get it:) Now I'm on the 1st chapter of Vicky Burkhold's Danger on XY-One. I loved her Prime Time, so I should enjoy this one as well!
Hold onto your hats! I found book #3 in That Series, and while I won't be going into detail about every little wrong thing, I'll be doing a post on it soon. Trying to stomach reading it, and have already reached Ch. 3.
Do you feel you need an education to write? Why or why not?
It depends on what you mean by 'education'. Yes, you need to have a good grasp of language and grammar, plus you need to have a variety of life experiences in order to make your story interesting. So yes, someone who didn't finish HS can still write, provided they got the basic grammar principles. But a college graduate who's been locked up in the library all the time and barely socialized might not fare so well, unless they only publish their dissertation. Fiction they might have a harder go at, unless their imagination makes up for their social awkwardness.
Education of the craft and publishing guidelines are essential. Yes, a good editor can clean up your grammar issues, but publishers want authors with a good grasp of the basics, no matter how 'awesome' the potential. I once tried to edit another potential author's work, but after getting a headache due to my brain trying to input punctuation, I gave up. I mean seriously; who doesn't know how to use a period and basic capitals these days? Yes, I still use too many commas, but hey, so do the majority of writers. And I'm a fairly good speller, though I do occasionally run into a word which trips me up. I'm wading through the whole homonym thing with my youngest right now; one of his spelling words is Four, the number. He's still spelling it 'f-o-r'. And I jokingly said 'Wait till you find out there's also f-o-r-e!'
'Mom, you're confusing me!' (places hands over his face and moans)
Okay, I admit that could have waited, lol!
But my point is, never stop learning. My daughter wrote her first 'book' in kindergarten; one of my BFF's also wrote as young as age 6. I started at age 11, but wasn't published until my 30's. Once I hit my 40's, more was published. But only after an editor pointed out what I was doing wrong. I kept learning, and eventually made it:)