I dunno if anyone else here shares my opinion but I learned to use a pencil by first learning on a spook. I watched my buddy work a pencil and I wanted in on the action and he threw me one of his heddon spooks to practice cuz spooks are easy to "walk". That motion will become second nature to you once you finally find that rhythm of how fast to reel and pop, but at first it is really frustrating.
Just a couple little tips, most rods only require a light tug.... resting the rod shaft on your finger tips and basically performing a one handed clap is all it takes, while rhythmically reeling
1/2 - 3/4 of a turn, tho its a little different for everyone, depending on your rod, reel,line(mono or braid). Hope this helps a little. I found that many of the online techniques give pretty similar instructions but one thing you will learn is that there is some kind of adjustment that you will have to make, to get a fluent motion from beginning to end. It is hard to put into words but at first your gonna feel like a robot trying to find the timing and you'll lose the rhythm every few feet during the retrieve but after a week or so you'll have it down to a science.