Sunday, January 16, 2011

Learning to Drink

"Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink. Drink and be filled up."
— Stephen King

I won't write my goals here every week since it might seem a bit strange trying to boast, cover up, or hide my successes and failures. Instead, I will just go to my observations and whatnot.

This weekend I finally received the batch of books that I ordered on writing and drawing. Both books open with the idea that writers aren't born and that writing and drawing are skills that just need lots of practice so you can learn, try, fail, and eventually succeed. Most of the time we hear about "natural born talent" and it can be discouraging if you see that as something you don't have.

I've always had a knack for writing and it comes down to reading. The more I read, the more I learned, and it has made me into a better writer because of it. I took classes and earned a degree in writing, but even after five years, I am struggling with trying to find my way. If I just decided not to read and write any longer, I think I would be no where near my goals. I do, however, read more than I ever have and write whenever I have the chance (which is never enough). I study writing in some shape or form every single day (it is never far from my mind) so I know that this is definitely a passion.

These books I have begun reading are a way for me to exercise my mind and to help those skills come alive. As I go through them, I hope to share some of the useful tidbits.


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