The Right Way To Learn By Doing

It’s surprisingly simple

Phoenix
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A blank notebook, a pen, and a cup of coffee sit on a wooden desk.
Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

For the last three months, I’ve been developing a web app.

I didn’t have any experience in this area of programming before. The most I’d done with programming up to this point was making static websites with plain old HTML and CSS. Sometimes I used a static site generator like Eleventy. I’d dabbled in JavaScript and PHP, but they both felt overwhelming and confusing to me.

Despite that, one day, I decided that I wanted to make my own web app for novel writers . So over the course of the past three months, I’ve been learning how to use Next.js, React.js, PostgreSQL, and more. I’ve actually got a (mostly) working app at this point, though it’s still nowhere near ready for release.

All this I learned by doing — but with one major caveat.

Back in 2020, I downloaded Blender and started learning how to make 3D art with it.

Of course, I started out with the infamous donut tutorial. Then I moved on to other tutorials. Step by step, I’d follow their process, and I did improve…

But when I tried to create art on my own, often of characters, it would come out looking strange. You could tell it was a beginner’s attempt.

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Phoenix
ILLUMINATION

Neurodivergent and queer writer of both fiction and nonfiction. He/they. Check out my recommendations (affiliate links): https://benable.com/nebulanix