When is writing advice ‘bad’ writing advice? Three guesses and the first two don’t count! 😉
Writing advice is good because beginning authors need to learn the craft, and simple sayings are easy to remember. They encourage us to write lean, descriptive prose and craft engaging conversations. The craft of writing involves learning the rules of grammar, developing a wider vocabulary, learning how to develop characters, build worlds, etc., etc. Authors spend a lifetime learning their craft and never learn all there is to know about the subject.
Writing advice is bad because it is so frequently taken to extremes by novice authors armed with a little dangerous knowledge.
- Remove all adverbs.
This advice is complete crap. Use common sense and don’t use unnecessary adverbs.
- Don’t use speech tags.
What? Who said that and why are there no speech tags in this drivel?
- Show, Don’t Tell. Don’t Ever Don’t do it!
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