Let Me Give You Some Advice

Posted by Anthony North on January 20, 2011

Oh dear, don’t you just love them. You tell them you’re a writer and they’re only too eager to offer advice. You can decide they don’t know what they’re talking about, but sometimes they are writers themselves. You’ve got to listen, haven’t you?
No – not necessarily. Writing is different for everyone. Some do it one way, some another. There are many styles, many habits, many reasons for writing in the first place. Just because someone is a writer, it does not make them an expert for you.
Yes, it goes without saying that some writers can offer invaluable advice. Take me, for instance. Or maybe not. But some are simply bores, and you can get very confused indeed if you don’t know how to balance what makes sense and what does not.
The dreaded situation, though, is the writer who decides you have merit and takes it upon himself to nurture you. This is the worst offender, for this type of writer is usually a dysfunctional loner who doesn’t know much about it. Except me, of course.

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  1. tom alex said on July 24, 2011

    The best writers broke all the rules, but the best writers know all the rules before they did that evil thing.
    Ayn Rand went thru 11 publishers who claimed The Fountainhead was too “intellectual” for the public, before the twelth obsequiesed (but only because an employee/editor said he’d resign if they didn’t publish it). It became an overnight success and a classic.

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