So this week's topic wants me to do the one thing I don't entirely feel comfortable doing. GIVE ADVICE. Everywhere you look, all over social media there are people blogging about writing advice. Telling you the way it 'should' be done. You have coaches, and experts, and there is just so much noise surrounding writing advice.
Guess you can say it makes me feel a little like the Grinch at times. In fact, a month or so ago, I saw a post on my Twitter feed about a blog post spouting off how first person POV should die and never be used again. REALLY? Just because it's not your preference there is no need to sit on a soap box and declare it the worst thing in existence. It irked me! Same when people say you HAVE to write everyday. Why? That doesn't work for some people and shaming them because they can't isn't helpful. My personal 'favorite' - all first drafts are crap=nails on chalkboard!
Let's not even get started on the pantser vs. plotter debate. Seriously why can't we all just accept that what works for one does not work for all?
So what advice does a person like me give to 'new' writers? Especially since I still consider myself new? Well, I'm going back to week 39, Words to live by.
Know that your way is just that, YOUR WAY! Don't strive to be the next whoever, strive to be the first you. Seriously. Only you can tell the story you want to tell. You have to find your groove and a pattern that fits your life, your vision, and your writing style. Don't let some 'expert' tell you there is only one way to be a writer. There's not. No two people write their stories the same way. While some may use similar techniques, their journeys will still be their own. Don't get hung up on all the background noise, and try to focus on telling your story. That *to me* is the most important step in the process.
That's it for me. Do you have any words of wisdom for new authors? Be sure to check out what the others on the hop have to say
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