Shoeless Joe Jackson said


Imagine swinging at pitches with your eyes closed.
You feel the bat, you can hear the wind-up,
his feet pushing off against the rubber,
but hitting it’d still be awful difficult.

It’s no different starting out a novel
by laying one sentence down on another
and hoping they’ll all gather up and lead to something.
Believe me.

Begin by concentrating on the fundamentals.
Study your subject ahead of time,
watch all the film you can and analyze tendencies.
Warm up your muscles, and best of all,
get a dictionary you can rely on.
A good one.

This is not a novel.