Bad writing advice you should ignore!
There are many writing blogs out there that focus on writing tips and advice. YouTube had also gained popularity among writers who share their tips on writing. Which is awesome! But I also noticed that there is a lot of advice out there some of it good, some it is bad and should be ignored.
Write what you know.
The first one in the list of bad writing advice you should ignore. A few years ago I did a self-editing course with an editor who did editorial work for Cosmopolitan. One of the advice she gave us was to write what we know. I have heard this advice before, somehow I don’t get the meaning of it. If we write what we know, as writers we will be limited. I write thrillers, and characters die, so do I have to kill someone to see what it feels? I think not.
You MUST do an outline.
I heard this over and over again. You should outline. You Must outline. It is important to outline. An outline is a roadmap for you as the writer. It like a guide for your story so when you start writing you know everything beforehand. This advice needs to stop. No, you don’t have to create an outline if you hate doing it. It’s okay not to do outlines, nobody is going to know especially the reader. As I reader, when I open the book and don’t ask myself “let’s see did you author create an outline for their story?”
Alternatives words than said or asked.
When writing dialogue stick with SAID or ASKED. Don’t decorate your dialogue with remarked, exclaimed, declared etc. Those words pull the reader out of the story. Said is an invisible word and the reader won’t normally notice it. If in dialogue you have a question use asked. If there is fight yes use screamed or yelled but out of those scenes stick with SAID. To avoid using said have your character doing something like sitting down on the chair, have a sip of coffee, run their hands through their hair, to avoid the word said.
You should hire beta readers
Many might disagree with me but there is a lot of advice out there about hiring beta readers to read your work. Firstly, finding someone who is willing to commit in reading your work is tough. I had trouble finding betas. I looked on Facebook, I asked in social media, I looked in Goodreads. Some of them disappeared with my manuscript. I settled with ones that had reading fees which I will not do again. If you don’t feel comfortable about having strangers reading work than don’t do it but don’t skip on hiring an editor that step is mandatory. (if you are self-publishing)
Write every day!
And last one in bad writing advice you should ignore. I admit, I do write every day but when I don’t feel like it or have other commitments, I don’t write and I don’t stress on it. There is advice out there saying you should write every day or else you can’t call yourself a writer. That is bad advice. If you wrote something you are a writer and there shouldn’t be this pressure. At the moment, I am not writing as I’m on verge of publishing my book but I wouldn’t give the advice of writing every day. You do you.
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