Watch and Learn

I noticed today that the way living creatures learn something is by watching another make a mistake/succeed first. Otherwise, it’s trial and error. In a way, this is like writing. You read something, you think you might want to have a go. So you come up with an idea and try to write it. Sometimes it goes OK, but usually it doesn’t. So you go back to reading for a while and a few novels later, you try your hand at writing again. It goes better this time, but still nothing fantastic. After some years of studying your favourite authors and picking up helpful tips from various places along the way, you finally end up with the skills needed to write something resembling readable fiction. The learning process never ends, but you get better each time you practice. Interesting to think about, I think.

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