My husband and I were introduced to a new game at a friend's house Sunday night. It's a card game called 'Killer Bunnies' that we'd seen before, and being avid 'board' gamers (or card games in this case), we had seen it in the store and wondered if it would be fun.
Our friends pulled out the important cards and took ten minutes to explain the somewhat straight forward/ somewhat complicated rules and card purposes. Then the uttered the phrase that I think gets said just about every time you teach/learn/see a new game.
"It will make more sense as you play."
I've said it before, I've heard it before, and it's completely true.
Sometimes no matter how clear and thorough you try to be with an explanation, the best way to learn a new game is to play it.
I can't help but feel it's true to writing as well. We can and should read and research and learn the somewhat straight forward/ somewhat complicated rules grammar and pathway to publication. But it isn't until we actually sit down and right that all the pieces come together, skill and talent merging, to allow the task of writing to make sense.
And if you're looking for a fun new game, I recommend Killer Bunnies.