Think about many other art forms, for example, painting or sculpting. Painters must know about the art and symbolism, the themes and significance of their chosen settings, but they must also know the nuts and bolts of their craft. They have to know what materials go into paint, and how to change color, endurance, texture, viscosity. They need to know how to construct a canvas, what materials to paint on, how to apply jesso, and the theory behind complimentary colors. Without this knowledge, understanding what ideas you want to depict will never get those ideas on the canvas.
So how does a writer study the equivalent craft of his medium? So far, I'm learning about studying what the author wants.
After the jump: what does the author want?