You want to be smart? Don’t read The Bible, don’t read The One Minute Manager, don’t read How To Influence Friends And Make People Kiss Your Ass. What you read are the Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories. You read the entire cannon—there’re not that many—and you will be smarter than you ever need to be, because every one of them is based on the idea of deductive logic. Keep your eyes open and be alert! That’s what all good writing says. Wake up and pay attention. Pay attention. Pay attention!
All writing is difficult. The most you can hope for is a day when it goes reasonably easily. Plumbers don’t get plumber’s block, and doctors don’t get doctor’s block; why should writers be the only profession that gives a special name to the difficulty of working, and then expects sympathy for it?