Over the years, more than a few times I've gotten the 'Where should I start?' question.
My answer is always the same: So what's the last book you read?
The implication strikes to the heart of pursuing any and every art, whether writing or photography or jiu jitsu (all subjects I'm frequently asked about). To even develop the fundamentals one must study the chosen art with an almost fanatical obsession. Hence, in regards to writing, the same advice given by renowned authors ranging from William Faulkner to Stephen King: read, read, read.
And if you don't love reading, love reading so much you do it while walking around the block... save yourself the agony and pursue the art that actually gets your goat.
"Read, read, read. Read everything -- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the most." - William Faulkner
I chose this subject as the first post b/c while I'm not all that interested in blogging, since the third grade I've been an obsessive reader. At first scifi short stories and even a massive book of teleplays from The Twilight Zone, then every Stephen King novel (never forget the terror of reading The Shining when I was 11), which gave way a long Raymond Carver phase, then graphic novels... blah, blah, BLAHG.
Point being, this blahg is the perfect place to talk shop. Scifi. Lit. Comics. Film.
So buckle up and enjoy the ride.