Thinking About Writing, Needle in a Haystack Syndrome.

I’ve been writing on and off for most of my life. Other than my poetry book and one poem a magazine that’s the extent of my published efforts.

I’ve read hundreds of books on writing (I have a collection of about 400 books and audio and video). I’m not sure I’m any wiser or more competent at writing.

I’ve done degree level courses and workshops.

What I realise now that most of that time (thousands of hours) I have spent on the studying and thinking has essentially been wasted and I should have spent that time writing.

Some advice is necessary to help improve your skills but the practice of writing is primary. Don’t keep searching for a silver bullet of Holy Grail. There not in that advice.

Take a book like Stephen King’s On Writing or Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat and run with that either until you exhaust the application of advice or you need something fresh. There are as many ways to write as there are writers and your job is to find, by writing, what your way is.