I haven't exactly been sticking to my schedule as of late. Most of that is due to the busy-ness that becomes the "holiday season," beginning with Halloween and stretching through my birthday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and part of it is due to a lack of "newness" to the whole venture.
You see, here I write about writing. My journey is unique to me, of course, and a lot of the my greatest "hits" are personal reflections on something-or-other. It's when I start talking about the general things that I trip; similar to in my Writer's Group, where I've been attending so long that I should either be the best writer evarrr by now or just have pretty much "heard it all."
Writing is probably the only capitalist practice where there is so much "how to" documentation available both for free and at cost. Part of this is innate; for a writer to write about writing is a natural connection. And yet, I've realized lately that it goes against logic in a way. When you think about it, why would someone like me want to tell someone like you how to write a novel? I am, by doing so, encouraging "competition."
It could be that the market for books is so immense that I probably wouldn't notice if the people who read this blog started churning out books like mad. I might even feel kind of proud, but it's likely that I wouldn't necessarily be negatively impacted. Then again, I don't think this is realistic. While brick-and-mortar stores can only contain so many books on their shelves, online retailers have unlimited capacity to "list" books to buy... but in either case there is only so much a consumer can look at, especially before making a decision.
So why do so many writers want to instruct other people in the craft of writing? Perhaps it helps us writers to do so, both by the practice of composing our thoughts on our craft and by (by some awesome psychology) convincing ourselves that we actually know what we're talking about.
It's become clear to me, over a protracted amount of time, that there is no "right way" to write a novel. Therefore I must conclude that a lot of this "instruction" is merely for confidence purposes. To turn someone into a "writer," all you honestly need to do is convince them that they're a writer by having them write. Note I didn't say "good" writer, because that takes editing and time, but the act of putting pen to page is ultimately all it takes to write (by definition).
There's also a sense of solidarity reading someone's "instruction" about writing; the fact that all of us struggle with this from time to time is heartening. Even Stephen King and the other bestsellers have slumps, ruts, and failures mixed in with their triumphs. That's the personal aspect.
The impersonal aspect, when how-to-write people launch into "this is how it's done" messages (which I am quite guilty of myself, lately) is probably more for their own edification than it is for a selfless act to support the throng of aspiring writers clamoring for assistance out of the forest of ideas and into the civilization of authorship.