Life as a Preparation for Writing
The non-political aspect of this advice from Mark Steyn is well worth heeding by anybody with an interest in writing:
Whenever aspiring writers ask me for advice, I usually tell ’em this:
Don’t just write there, do something. Learn how to shingle a roof, or tap-dance, or raise sled dogs. Because if you don’t do anything, you wind up like Obama and Fineman — men for whom words are props and codes and metaphors but no longer expressive of anything real.
Of course the politicized insight is worth considering, too.