Scenario: You’ve just bought some complicated gadget home . . . do you read the accompanying documentation? Or not?
Do you ever read manuals?
Anything at all?
In terms of complicated gadgets, like I said last week, I'm a button pusher. I like to learn by doing (and by my mistakes). Once I've hit a roadblock, I'll try to troubleshoot using the manual (or preferably online searchable help).
I don't read how-to books, or self-help guides. I do read books about creativity and spirituality, but those are generally theoretical or narrative, and not "Take step 1, and now step 2, etc..." Again, I like to jump in and try.
It's how I wrote my first long piece of fiction, a novella, a few years ago. I came late to fiction - I was 31 - and had no idea what I was doing, so I just sat down and winged it. Same with my first novel. And it seems that approach worked out fine.