posted on Nov, 7 2018 @ 11:28 PM
Lots of good advice here.
I guess I'll chime in. I like writing.
My number one rule is to be available to ideas. I always have paper and a pen handy. When they come, I dutifully jot them down. Many times the ideas
I'm catching lack context until some later time and many times they are silly little couplets. (My signature, below this post, is one such catch.)
Sometimes they wind up getting used in stuff; sometimes they don't.
My number two rule is to "just do it". I am a terrible procrastinator. Instead of writing, I'll: go get coffee; stay in bed watching x-files; learn
how to replace bicycle brakes; read political bickering threads at ATS. It's because I'm afraid of the horrific failure of bad writing or worse,
writing nothing. So, lot's of internal coaching going on, but the bedrock idea in that coaching is "don't be a pussy, go write".
As far as the technical aspect of writing, I'm pretty much happy to discover that on my own at a pace that is (probably not by coincident) directly
related to how faithful I am in observing rules number one and two. A writer named Ron Carlson says that you only really learn the writing process
from inside the writing process.
I take that to mean that a) nobody can teach anyone how to write a story, in a sense, and b) the only thing holding me back is me.