“Here's some advice. Stay alive.” Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games
We're all doing it -- giving out advice willy nilly like it's going out of fashion and you need to get them while it's hot. But what are the five worse pieces of advice people can give a writer
1. Picture your audience readers/characters/self naked
Obvs, this just makes things weird. Why
2. Speak about Write only what you know
The important word in this is only. Only
3. Start with a
Hooks are important, sure, but starting with a
4. Show don't tell or tell don't show
It's just very tiring if you only ever hint at things, and never drop a knowledge bomb, or vice versa.
It's human to revise. And it's fun to find little gems in drafts that are rough around the edges.
What other pieces of advice have you been given or heard that don't seem up to scratch? I am so sorry food featured heavily in this post let's all go have a quick snack before we discuss this in detail.