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You Can't Teach an Old Dog New Tricks. Or Can You?

Updated: Sep 7, 2023

Shelby and I are getting up there in years...she's twelve and I'll be seventy years old in March. You've heard the adage, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks." I don't know, maybe it's true but at least THIS dog (me) is willing to attempt learning new tricks. I'm still open to it, especially where writing is concerned.

Recently, I've read several "how to" books (such as "how to create plot" and "how to develop strong characters"). I've been online for the past couple of days searching for creative writing courses I can take to enhance my skills. I'll find out if I've still "got it" - the ability to learn, that is - because the drive to learn is still in me. I may have "one foot in the grave" (my grandkids think so anyway) but at least my want-to isn't dead.

I've heard it said, "Don't write about what you don't know." I disagree. I can always learn more about what it is I don't know, especially with the internet at my fingertips.

When I write devotions, I spend several hours studying the scriptures to make sure I understand what it is the Lord wants to say. I love the learning process involved in grasping God's Truths. When I write a book, I do nitty-gritty research to learn all I can about the era, culture, and environment in which the story is told.

This old gal isn't done learning new tricks, not by a long shot. I hope learning is something I'm driven to do until the day I die.

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