I often puzzle over people who don’t seem to grasp the concept that writing takes studying. Would you build a house without any knowledge of how to lay the foundation? Or build a deck without instructions? Try a new recipe without a list of ingredients? Even art has parameters and guidelines, so why is writing different? It’s not.
Talent has nothing to do with learning the craft of writing. Hard work and commitment are just as essential to writing as any other trade or craft. So what is the thought process that people miss?
A few years ago I belonged to a writing group. I tried to bring helpful information from books that I’d read by Jessica Morrell, Larry Brooks and others. Any time I commented, I let them know where I’d read the information. I never wanted to come across as a pain in the arse know it all. Most people wanted to follow-up on the information so I’d direct them to websites, books or worksheets. They would follow-up and the next time we met, they contributed information as well.
However, the group had one person who argued over every piece of information provided. They wanted to do it their way, break the rules, have their own creative way of doing things. It didn’t take long before the group disintegrated from one person not accepting that there are rules and guidelines in writing just like building a home, or making banana bread. Everything has guidelines and rules. It doesn’t mean we aren’t allowed to create, it just means there is foundation and structure to create on.
So, are you teachable?
Until Next Time…