If you can read you can write – not so says Richard Hugo, even if you have a Phd — Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)
Scholars seem to assume that if you can read you can write. It’s sad to see someone with a fresh Ph.D. coast for a few years, understandably after such a grueling period of work, then embark on a book. It is a struggle because the scholar doesn’t realize one simple thing about writing: it is like shooting a basketball. You’ve got to stay in shape and practice to do it well. It is not a natural reward of study, and having an education does not mean you can write well whenever you want.
Richard Hugo from In Defense of Creative Writing Classes
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