For some reason Blogger is listing my own comments as Anonymous, so I'll post my replies here:
Thank you J Dowell-Irvine, I appreciate the recommendation. Currently the publishing climate is changing and there's so much out there that doesn't apply anymore in the traditional education. That being said, I took three years at UNBC and am going to finish my degree with TRU's Open Learning program. There is no substitute for the education I received and the discoveries I made. I took a great deal of course work in Political Science (It was my major) and Philosophy and I wouldn't have my current novel idea if that hadn't been the case. I strongly suggest that he consider going to school because a majority of writers in the Yukon do have day jobs and the best jobs require some certification, education or experience. The other thing I could share with your son is that University and College is nothing like High School. You can pick your education, you can pick your electives, you can pick all of it... I would suggest he look into TRU's open learning. It doesn't require he move, he can get a full degree in anything he's interested in... and here's the kicker: I've declared an English major... in essence I'm reading books and telling the teacher my opinion on the piece. Although I agree you don't need a degree to be a writer, it can only help-not hinder. Thanks again for the recommendation!
In response to Murray, I am not just commenting from a fiction perspective because a lot of non-fiction is literature based, such as memoirs. The technical writer will stil create an outline, write an intro and start writing the content they already have the information for.
The goal for my post: Cout Down: 5 reasons to Write your Book" is aimed at people who have wanted to write fiction or literary non-fiction but are looking for a reason to start. If, for example someone is a technical writer then they are not my target reader for this post. The reader of this article is someone looking for a reason to write 'Their' book. As for fun, I always have fun when I'm writing. Even at work when it's technical, even when my novel is hard, it's always fun. I lament Murray that you do not have fun... because I always do! :D