It’s said that J.K. Rowling wrote her Harry Potter books longhand, while sitting in the Elephant House Cafe in Edinburgh, Scotland. I wish I had her talent, but if I wrote a novel, I’d prefer to sip my coffee under the shade of a tree and I’d be using my laptop instead of a pencil.
In the past, I have made a couple of attempts at writing a novel, but my efforts did not produce a captivating tale. I have lots of good ideas and can develop a plot. When I put the words on paper, however, they fall flat and fail to capture the vivid emotions and scenes that play out in my mind.
Some people think that I am a good writer. I can organize my thoughts and express them clearly. My vocabulary is more than sufficient and I generally follow the rules of grammar. These skills helped me collect A’s on college papers. Novels that sound like research papers, however, rarely make the bestseller list.
Basic writing skills can be taught. I’m not sure if that translates to other types of writing. Will a copywriting course help you write more persuasively? That seems probable. Will a creative writing course help you write a good novel? The answer seems less clear to me. In fairness, I should probably take one before I answer that question. But don’t hold your breath for another J.K. Rowling!