On Writing Advice

Here are two things you'll never hear me say:

1. There's only one way to write.

2. You're doing it wrong.

Know why?

BECAUSE WRITING IS ART, AND YOU CAN'T DO IT WRONG.

Sure, you can do it clumsily or inelegantly or, well, poorly. You might be at the beginning of your writing journey, or you might be in that troublesome and saggy middle, or you might be surfing a wave of kickassery. Point is, there is no wrong way, and anyone who tells you different doesn't know what they're talking about.

In my opinion. 

I mean, I could be wrong.

But I'd just like to encourage you to look at any writing advice you see, whether it's in a blog post, a tumblr post, a book, or a lovely graphic on Pinterest with a sunset behind it and a sassy drawing of an anchor. And before you take that writing advice, consider the source. Is it someone who is at or above the level you want to reach? Is it someone you admire? Are they a gatekeeper or a known quantity? Do they have quantifiable experience? In short, do they have any evidence whatsoever to support what they're saying?

Because here's the thing: giving advice feels good. It makes you feel important.

And publishing is an industry that often makes you feel inconsequential and small.

And the worst writing advice I see on the web comes from people with no credentials.

So I'm not saying that people or bad or that giving advice is bad; I'm just saying that no one person has all the answers. Great authors might offer advice that isn't right for you and your own stories, or they might be set in their ways and very adamant about the process that's brought them success. That doesn't mean it will bring *you* success. Take writing advice with a grain of salt, and do what works for you.

There is no one way. There is no one guru. There is no prophet who will make your writing perfect. There is no secret, other than hard work and the ability to constantly grow and challenge yourself.

Writing is pain, Princess. Anyone who says otherwise is selling you something.