New writers receive tons of advice. Some contradicts others. In the novel On Writing Horror revised edition, four writers were not asked what advice they would give to new writers but what advice they didn’t agree with. If asked, what advice would you not give to an amateur writer?
“Write what you know” I believe is one of the most common. Writing what you know is your comfort zone. Maybe ok when you’re starting out, but as you grow as writer, you should move in to unknown territory.
“Same time everyday” or “Set a daily word count” help get you in to a writing routine. Sometimes I write approximately the same time everyday and there are times I don’t. It just really depends on what is going on in my life. I like to set a daily goal but if I reach it and want to keep going, I do. Setting a daily word count shouldn’t restrict your productivity.
“Don’t read books on writing” kind of agree and disagree with. Some books are a waste of money. Then, there are books like The Elements of Style and maybe On Writing that are worth every penny. Read book reviews and ask other writers. It’ll help you weed out the bad from the good.
What advice have you been given and don’t agree with?