Writers Are Very Lucky…
We can practice and get paid for it many times.
I realized that once again as I was driving back from a poker practice session at a local casino. I went to the $45 buy-in tournament early in the week to practice some on basics and give myself a must needed mental break from the move.
It has been some time since I have played any serious poker and I know I need to get back tuned up. (Writers never forget how to write.) But poker at the level I play is a sport and it takes bringing back skill levels to sharpness when away for a time. Especially since I will be in Las Vegas.
So I have signed up for Daniel Negreanu’s Master Class to get me back on the right focus (and I hope learn a few bits here and there. He is one of the best after all.)
The Master Class series has a bunch of writers, including James Patterson, doing video classes. I’ve talked with a number of writers who said the Patterson Master Class was good and they picked up some details.
That’s how we all learn in writing, a detail here, a detail there.
Now Daniel Negreanu’s Master Class in poker is going to be geared to earlier stage players than I am, but yet he will still be saying things that will add in a detail here and there to my knowledge and get my mind back in the right spot. And that will be more than worth the money.
And I paid $45 for a practice session tournament, and I will spend more on practicing with little to no thought of winning much right out of the gate. But I will make that up by factors of hundreds later on. So not worried.
A second thought crossed my poor tired brain on the way home from that short practice tournament. I realized that even though I had made my living for a number of years playing poker, I was a long ways from knowing it all and being satisfied. I have a ton of things to learn about the sport. That feels exciting.
And in writing I know I am just starting to scratch the levels of knowledge above me. Just starting. And that’s exciting.
Yet I see so many writers who have figured out a way to shut off all learning and just remain where they are.
I love the excuses. “Learning causes me to be more critical and shuts down my writing.” (Wow, that is someone very, very clueless on the nature of learning.)
“I am too busy writing at the moment.”
No one is as busy as I have been in the last two months and yet I still found time to learn a bunch of stuff on writing and work on bringing my poker knowledge back up to speed.
And there are many more excuses, all make me laugh and shake my head when I hear them.
There is always time for learning in life.
I’m not just talking about taking classes from us, I am talking about learning overall. Some writers reading this are constantly pushing to learn and practice and I love helping those writers move forward where I can.
And a few reading this will not have practiced or will have great excuses to not be learning. But very few, because, to be honest, reading my blog, and Kris’s blog, is too painful for someone who has decided to stop learning for whatever reason. So those people just sort of forget to come here.
So I am rambling here tonight to the choir. And I honestly like that.
I like being involved and talking with people who are driven to learn.