on Writing Forward:
Stephen King said, “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”
He’s right. These are the only two things you absolutely must do in order to be a writer. But they aren’t the only things you can or should do. Plenty of other activities will benefit your writing. Foremost among these is studying the craft.
I know a lot of people shift uncomfortably in their chairs when they see the word study. If you’re in school, the last thing you need is more homework. And if you’re done with school, there’s a good chance you’re not interested in reliving the experience. Besides, writing is supposed to be fun, right?
Well, yes. Writing is fun. But it’s not always fun. There are some parts of the process that aren’t fun at all. And studying is not always tedious. When you study something that you’re interested in (like writing), it’s a lot more engaging and a lot less laborious.