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Preparing Online for the Successful Writer’s Life

Friday, September 5th, 2008

The writing life is coveted by many; but in order to become a successful writer, training and education in the language arts is beneficial.

Yet even with the appropriate coursework, the road to financial success as an author is still challenging and competitive. But judging from the millions of books bulging to capacity on library shelves, it is obvious that quite a few authors are able make a living crafting the written word.

For example, highly-acclaimed author Amy Tan has achieved tremendous success as a writer – in her early years as a business and technical writer, then later as a writer of novels. And soon, she will be honored in a way that few writers ever experience.

Amy Tan’s best-selling book, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, debuts on September 13th as a world premiere production of the San Francisco Opera. The story of the difficult relationship between a Chinese immigrant and her Chinese American daughter has captivated the reading public; and now the intriguing tale is live onstage with singers, Chinese acrobats and a full orchestra. Tan, who holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English and linguistics, also wrote the libretto for the opera.

Previously, Tan’s book, The Joy Luck Club, was adapted into a critically-acclaimed movie; and Tan co-authored the screenplay. The book remained on the New York Times bestseller list for 75 weeks, according to Turner Classic Movies. The movie was a hit at the box ofice.

Amy Tan did her homework as a writer by earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree from a traditional college. But today, an online bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, linguistics, business communications or liberal arts studies is a flexible way to earn the credentials and skills that are so helpful for budding writers.

As e-learning students, writing hopefuls learn the foundational rules and fundamental mechanics of composition, English grammar, English literature, and poetry. Students also study the best of world literature in order to critique and understand how the greats placed their thoughts on paper in a unique and compelling way.

A number of accredited online schools offer college degrees that prepare graduates for the excellence that is generally required in the world of editors, writers and the expectant public. Students schedule their study time to accommodate full-time jobs, family responsibilities, physical limitations, travel and high gas prices.

Although preparation for the writing life is not without hard work, the payoff down the road is often fulfilling, as the abililty to write with excellence brings enlightenment, joy and creativity to others.

Amy Tan is certainly a testament to that.

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