Can one write a book without reading books about how to write books

Can one write a book without reading books about how to write books?


Of course you can.
There is no guarantee that years of taking lessons and following the advice of all different profs will make of you a better writer.
History is filled with great writers that never “learned” how to write a good book.
I have been reading one book a day for many decades, and it did not make of me the next Shakespeare (I don’t even want to be the next Shakespeare!)
Be free and enjoy it.
The advice will be there if and when you need it.

I have a friend who followed a writing class at a college nearby, and it did her good, because she learned a number of tricks, and she also received a list of places where to submit her stories.
It works for her.
She sells what she writes.
So, it is good for her.

We are all free.
Try out freedom first.
Don’t let anybody intimidate you.
Maybe it is the best way for you.
You can always change your mind.
And you certainly have all my wishes, whatever you do!


Yes.
However, it’s absolutely essential to read books in the genre of literature you intend to write, especially the authors considered the masters of the genre.
It’s also quite helpful to just read in general, because reading expands your vocabulary and increases your mastery of the language.
Additionally, reading exposes you to fictional dialogue, descriptive writing, character development, the elements of a plot line, and so on, all of which will help you be a better writer.

And, honestly, it doesn’t hurt to read a bit about the structure and essential elements of a story, although I tend to think the “how to write books” book should be entitled “how to make easy money from people who want to write.
” Most of the information you’ll need can be found online for free.


Can one climb trees without asking one who climbs trees about how to climb trees?
Damn right they can!
Can one make a movie without watching a movie about making a movie?
Sure if they want!
Can one jump out of a plane without asking one who’s jumped out of a plane about how to successfully jump out of a plane  (and preferably live)?
Not recommended but, YES THEY CAN!
Follow your dreams, unless it’s jumping out of a plane and dying, cause you’ll never  know if you don’t try ^^


My answer is only my opinion, as I don't think this answer could be factually based anyway.

When one writes poetry, or a book, I would think it flows naturally from a creative spot within themselves that is key to writing anything worth reading.

Maybe when one advances in poetry and/or writing, it's due to studying certain areas of these subjects.
However, I would say no.
To write a book you would not have to read a book on how to write one, or many books would be boring and lack uniqueness.

Just like when you bake a cake.
We all do not follow the same recipe, or there wouldn't never be such a thing as angel food cake.
:)


If you wanted to fly a plane, what would you do? You'd find a ground school and take lessons.
If you wanted to play the piano, what would you do? You'd find a piano teacher and take classes.
What makes writing any different? Writing is an art, but it’s a learned art.
To ask someone how to write a story is like asking “How do I climb a mountain?” You don’t, unless you’ve had the training.
And no, it’s not rocket science, but writing is something that needs to be studied and practiced.
Anybody can sit down and write crap.
You see it all the time in self pubbed books.

So the answer is no.
You must study the craft of writing in order to produce quality work.
Studying the craft involves reading ‘how to’.



Well, obviously one can, because Dickens, Kafka, Tolstoy, Goethe, Twain, etc.
etc.
etc.
did.

That certainly doesn’t mean anyone will want to read your books, but you can absolutely write them without reading any “how-to” writing books.


Can one write a book without reading books about how to write books?


Of course you can.
There is no guarantee that years of taking lessons and following the advice of all different profs will make of you a better writer.
History is filled with great writers that never “learned” how to write a good book.
I have been reading one book a day for many decades, and it did not make of me the next Shakespeare (I don’t even want to be the next Shakespeare!)
Be free and enjoy it.
The advice will be there if and when you need it.

I have a friend who followed a writing class at a college nearby, and it did her good, because she learned a number of tricks, and she also received a list of places where to submit her stories.
It works for her.
She sells what she writes.
So, it is good for her.

We are all free.
Try out freedom first.
Don’t let anybody intimidate you.
Maybe it is the best way for you.
You can always change your mind.
And you certainly have all my wishes, whatever you do!


Yes.
However, it’s absolutely essential to read books in the genre of literature you intend to write, especially the authors considered the masters of the genre.
It’s also quite helpful to just read in general, because reading expands your vocabulary and increases your mastery of the language.
Additionally, reading exposes you to fictional dialogue, descriptive writing, character development, the elements of a plot line, and so on, all of which will help you be a better writer.

And, honestly, it doesn’t hurt to read a bit about the structure and essential elements of a story, although I tend to think the “how to write books” book should be entitled “how to make easy money from people who want to write.
” Most of the information you’ll need can be found online for free.


Can one climb trees without asking one who climbs trees about how to climb trees?
Damn right they can!
Can one make a movie without watching a movie about making a movie?
Sure if they want!
Can one jump out of a plane without asking one who’s jumped out of a plane about how to successfully jump out of a plane  (and preferably live)?
Not recommended but, YES THEY CAN!
Follow your dreams, unless it’s jumping out of a plane and dying, cause you’ll never  know if you don’t try ^^


My answer is only my opinion, as I don't think this answer could be factually based anyway.

When one writes poetry, or a book, I would think it flows naturally from a creative spot within themselves that is key to writing anything worth reading.

Maybe when one advances in poetry and/or writing, it's due to studying certain areas of these subjects.
However, I would say no.
To write a book you would not have to read a book on how to write one, or many books would be boring and lack uniqueness.

Just like when you bake a cake.
We all do not follow the same recipe, or there wouldn't never be such a thing as angel food cake.
:)


If you wanted to fly a plane, what would you do? You'd find a ground school and take lessons.
If you wanted to play the piano, what would you do? You'd find a piano teacher and take classes.
What makes writing any different? Writing is an art, but it’s a learned art.
To ask someone how to write a story is like asking “How do I climb a mountain?” You don’t, unless you’ve had the training.
And no, it’s not rocket science, but writing is something that needs to be studied and practiced.
Anybody can sit down and write crap.
You see it all the time in self pubbed books.

So the answer is no.
You must study the craft of writing in order to produce quality work.
Studying the craft involves reading ‘how to’.



Well, obviously one can, because Dickens, Kafka, Tolstoy, Goethe, Twain, etc.
etc.
etc.
did.

That certainly doesn’t mean anyone will want to read your books, but you can absolutely write them without reading any “how-to” writing books.


Can one write a book without reading books about how to write books?


Of course you can.
There is no guarantee that years of taking lessons and following the advice of all different profs will make of you a better writer.
History is filled with great writers that never “learned” how to write a good book.
I have been reading one book a day for many decades, and it did not make of me the next Shakespeare (I don’t even want to be the next Shakespeare!)
Be free and enjoy it.
The advice will be there if and when you need it.

I have a friend who followed a writing class at a college nearby, and it did her good, because she learned a number of tricks, and she also received a list of places where to submit her stories.
It works for her.
She sells what she writes.
So, it is good for her.

We are all free.
Try out freedom first.
Don’t let anybody intimidate you.
Maybe it is the best way for you.
You can always change your mind.
And you certainly have all my wishes, whatever you do!


Yes.
However, it’s absolutely essential to read books in the genre of literature you intend to write, especially the authors considered the masters of the genre.
It’s also quite helpful to just read in general, because reading expands your vocabulary and increases your mastery of the language.
Additionally, reading exposes you to fictional dialogue, descriptive writing, character development, the elements of a plot line, and so on, all of which will help you be a better writer.

And, honestly, it doesn’t hurt to read a bit about the structure and essential elements of a story, although I tend to think the “how to write books” book should be entitled “how to make easy money from people who want to write.
” Most of the information you’ll need can be found online for free.


Can one climb trees without asking one who climbs trees about how to climb trees?
Damn right they can!
Can one make a movie without watching a movie about making a movie?
Sure if they want!
Can one jump out of a plane without asking one who’s jumped out of a plane about how to successfully jump out of a plane  (and preferably live)?
Not recommended but, YES THEY CAN!
Follow your dreams, unless it’s jumping out of a plane and dying, cause you’ll never  know if you don’t try ^^


My answer is only my opinion, as I don't think this answer could be factually based anyway.

When one writes poetry, or a book, I would think it flows naturally from a creative spot within themselves that is key to writing anything worth reading.

Maybe when one advances in poetry and/or writing, it's due to studying certain areas of these subjects.
However, I would say no.
To write a book you would not have to read a book on how to write one, or many books would be boring and lack uniqueness.

Just like when you bake a cake.
We all do not follow the same recipe, or there wouldn't never be such a thing as angel food cake.
:)


If you wanted to fly a plane, what would you do? You'd find a ground school and take lessons.
If you wanted to play the piano, what would you do? You'd find a piano teacher and take classes.
What makes writing any different? Writing is an art, but it’s a learned art.
To ask someone how to write a story is like asking “How do I climb a mountain?” You don’t, unless you’ve had the training.
And no, it’s not rocket science, but writing is something that needs to be studied and practiced.
Anybody can sit down and write crap.
You see it all the time in self pubbed books.

So the answer is no.
You must study the craft of writing in order to produce quality work.
Studying the craft involves reading ‘how to’.



Well, obviously one can, because Dickens, Kafka, Tolstoy, Goethe, Twain, etc.
etc.
etc.
did.

That certainly doesn’t mean anyone will want to read your books, but you can absolutely write them without reading any “how-to” writing books.

Updated: 09.06.2019 — 1:45 pm

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