Sink or swim could mean the same to many people and to others different meanings. How profound! I think in writing, to sink or swim would be to just get started and not stop. What have you got to lose?
I went back to college when I was 39 years old to get my English degree. I had a B.S. from college in Home Economics at that time, but was unable to find a teaching job so thought I'd add to my license so I could teach. Try going back to school with students who are approximately twenty years younger than you. Talk about a challenge. Now there's one!
Boy, was I enthused! They breathed life right back into me. Most of them were very insightful and I learned to get right in with them. To cut a long story short, they would call me and I called them, and we made it through. The toughest part was creative writing.
I hadn't written in years. No one had actually taught me to write. The professor then wasn't teaching me either. It was "sink or swim". I found that with the other students, we practiced and talked it out. I give more credit to “All Write” Institute for teaching me more about writing than I ever learning in any school I ever went to.
I just wish I had learned when I was younger, so I could have written more and would have more of my memories written down. I have a daughter who writes, blogs, and facebooks. I'm so proud of her. She'll have wonderful writings for her children. It is a tremendous way to keep record of family events etc. Do you “sink or swim”? Happy Slicing? :)