I learn something new at every writing event I go to. I have been to a lot of conferences and workshops, retreats and follow many writing blogs, but here's what I've learned boiled down to one sentence: To be a better writer, WRITE.
Yes, there are notebooks full of very useful notes on structure, characters, pacing and even marketing, editing and networking. I look through those notes often especially while I'm in a rut. But, you can't properly structure a unwritten story, there is no arch for a character undeveloped, and no pacing, marketing or editing prose for content unwritten.
To utilize the information in those notebooks I have to sit and write. Push through the terrible bits, even leave notes like "put cool stuff here" and "they should kiss now" then I can go back through, reworking, and polishing making it into a publishable, marketable product.
But first I must WRITE.
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