Most people won’t realize that writing is a craft. You have to take your apprenticeship in it like anything else.
—Katherine Anne Porter
Practice is not something just to read about; it’s something to do.
That’s a central theme of this book, and I repeat it here (as I will frequently in the upcoming pages) because most of us are used to learning through study, not practice. We’re used to reading and taking notes, perhaps thinking about what we’ve read or talking about it with other people. If we’re in school (in a liberal arts program), we show we’ve studied well by producing term papers or taking exams. Rarely, if ever, in our progress through the conventional academic system, do we