This challenge is writing code for a new web page design that has become an obsession. I am determined to make it work, though it is beyond what I currently know how to do. I’ve got the basic structure in place, and just discovered one fatal design flaw. I know it can be done. I’ve seen the concept elsewhere.
Right now I’m exploring my options for forging ahead and see that they are not much different for writing code than they would be if I were stuck writing a story that was mired down. As I see it the options include:
- Continue by trial-and-error. I know a lot already, and sooner or later I’m bound to stumble on a solution.
- Keep surfing the net in search of solutions. That’s how I learned most of what I know.
- Find a book. I can learn nearly anything by reading about it, and the library is full of books.
- Take a class. I love classes. I learn from the questions other people ask as well as from the teacher’s presentations.
- Find a support group. This could be anything from a friend who knows more about this than I do to an on-line forum.
- Find a coach. This could be the fastest way to get exactly the information I need, presented in a way that next time I’ll know how to do it myself. This is a tempting option, and in some cases the best one.
In my case now I’m going to keep surfing, work through a couple of online tutorials, and post my questions on a couple of support forums. I’m in a hurry. But I’ll also look for a class to broaden my base of knowledge, and look for a book on Cascading Style Sheets.
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Write now: make a list of writing skills you’d like to strengthen, then list your options for learning what you need to know to keep your writing growing and thriving.