You know, all those things you do to become good at something. Workshops, classes; online and in person, craft books, yahoo loops, how-to websites, etc, etc, etc.
At what point do you discover that doing is better than learning? I took a Feng Shui class and the instructor said, “Do you have all those beginner books? You know, like, Romance writing for Dummies?” Several of us said yes. “Have you written a romance novel?” Again, several yeses. “So, get rid of them. You are holding yourself back. Start acting like writers instead of aspiring writers. Just write.”
What an eye-opener. Yes, I was still treating myself like a newbie, no wonder everyone else was too. Yes, there are great craft books for different parts of writing, or whatever your enjoyment is, but once you are no longer a beginner, get rid of the beginner books. Let someone else discover them and see if they want to be a writer, photographer, artist, whatever.
If you have discovered your method of doing your craft, plotter or pantser, spreadsheets to plot or a simple outline, 20 page synopsis or a 1 page ‘this is what happens’, stop taking classes that show a new way. Your way works, embrace it. If it isn’t working, for sure, take a class to rejuvenate your muse, to learn a new way to do things. Something may click.
The old adage is so true; if it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it.
Are you stuck in a rut of learning instead of doing? Just do it!! Jill James
**I’m also at AJ Nuest’s blog today talking about Tempting Adam**