Jejudo, South Korea
I understood what you said but I wasn't sure what Merlynh was talking about (being the paranoid person that I am, I thought he was talking about CA ) . Yes, there are a lot of 'how to' books when it comes to writing and while I think the basics are usually the same, we all have to consider that they are usually just one person's opinion and take it as such.
Best advice about writing:
Read more; write more.
Contrary to popular belief, I don't think there is any magic to writing, I think it's hard work (with occassional moments of inspiration; yes, sometimes it just comes, even for me). The trick, I think, is to write, not wait for those few moments. "How to" books are helpful but they are not the key. On the other side of the coin, none of those books have ever read Merlynh and don't know specifically what your strengths and weaknesses are. Here, you can do that. As a result, I think advice is a good thing here. Don't be afraid to tell people what you think of their work at CA (yes, I'm referring to a specific post of yours), just be civil (or try to be civil; I still seem to make mistakes). It's your opinion and you are not playing God. If you don't give your honest opinion, it seems to me, you are assuming points about the writer that you don't know; you are playing God.
You say you don't know 'nothing' (rather irritating phrasing if you ask me). Yet, in the first post you say 'the more I know, I find, the more I do not want to show it'. Which one is it? Both, of course. Share what you think you know and let the rest of us decide if it's usefull. Not sharing is self serving at best and self delusional at worst.