The Problem with Books on Writing

1412167013451I have mixed feelings regarding books on writing.

I believe the best way to improve as a writer is to write.  A lot.  And to read.  A lot.

And to give readers a lot of your writing and enter the tortuous editing cycle.  A lot.

And so on.

You’ll notice that books on writing aren’t part of that equation.

The problem is this: good writing is a nebulous concept.  It isn’t something that can be simply described and then learned.  If it were that easy, everyone would leave grade school a great writer.

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