I’m sure I give out writing advice sometimes, but I expect everyone to ignore it. If there’s any advice I’d give about writing, it would be: Find your own path.
I’ve learned a lot from others. I do like to notice where people have regrets or make mistakes, so I don’t need to tread the same path.
But there is one bit of advice that has done me no good, and in fact, wasted quite a bit of my time: Write what you love to read.
Bollocks. (I love saying that. Pardon me.)
I love reading spy thrillers but can’t seem to write one for the life of me. I love reading light mysteries but I doubt I’ll ever write one. I don’t read my own genre anymore.
So I’m curious: What writing advice is the worst you’ve ever gotten? The best?
And I took a fun quiz asking Which Austen Heroine Are You? Who are you? I’m Marianne Dashwood:
You are Marianne Dashwood of Sense & Sensibility! You are impulsive, romantic, impatient, and perhaps a bit too brutally honest. You enjoy romantic poetry and novels, and play the pianoforte beautifully. To boot, your singing voice is captivating. You feel deeply, and love passionately.