So one who wants to be a writer can seek a formal education. There are, after all, degrees in creative writing, journalism, the whole gamut.
Or, one could be self-taught.
Though I have a couple years of community college under my belt, I never earned a degree. And even if I had, it would have been in Occupational Therapy or psychology - nothing writing-related. So I've gotten where I am (wherever that may be) by teaching myself.
I've always been incredibly detail-oriented. I've had a knack for grammar and spelling. I've paid close attention to how others write, their voices, formats, markets, what works, what trends call for or reject, etc., and, as a result, I've honed my writing over the course of several years. I have to say the self-taught route has worked just fine for me so far.
Was your knowledge gained through higher-education or osmosis? A little of both?
While there are certain benefits to specialized courses (and I'm not against them), are they necessary to be a success?
Tell me what you think.