We all know about authors giving advice to other authors. Some tips have been uttered by people so famous that you’d think they are unbreakable laws. Others get tossed around so much that they’re simply empty or have multiple meanings. The truth is that advice in the world of writing is really ‘take it or not’. Yet, people grab onto an insight and run with it to the extreme. It can get silly.
So, what am I getting at?
I’m wondering where the lesser heard advice is hiding. Not the adages and things that we’ve heard ad nauseum. The tips that authors have discovered on their own through experience. For example, I don’t see many people saying:
‘What works for one author, won’t always work for another. Follow your own path and do what feels right for your style and story.’
I say this a lot and it’s usually when I’m faced with someone telling me that I should do something that worked for them. It could be changing my style to past tense or sending out a newsletter every 3 days. Sometimes I try their suggestions and other times I don’t feel like they’re going to work for me. Many times I’ve done something that worked great for one author and it does nothing for me. So, the tools and styles we come up with have to be unique.
Anyway, what’s a piece of advice that you’ve come up with?