How Much Advice Is Too Much?
Have you noticed how many ‘how to’ articles apparently written by seemingly successful writers are on offer these days? The social media site Facebook is infested with them. I signed up for a Facebook writer’s group in the belief that it would be an outlet for writers to offer work for discussion. Instead, every day when I go to it, I find nothing but endless numbers of ‘how to’ articles.
As the picture above says: “Thinking about writing or talking about writing or worrying about writing is not writing.”
Unfortunately Goodreads is also infested with the same disease. There are endless discussion groups dedicated to tearing apart the work of successful authors.
One discussion group concerns the work of Dan Brown. Who gives a damn about the quality of his writing so long as you enjoy reading it. Dan certainly doesn’t, he’s laughing all the way to the bank. The guy found a formula that works and he’s milking it for all its worth. Good luck to him I say.
It is my firmly held belief that there are far too many armchair critics out there spewing their bile and offering bad advice. I put it down to their green eyed envy, plus their own lack of literary success.
Instead of proffering unwanted advice people, get back to improving your own writing. Who knows, one day you may even manage to get something of your own into print.
Now you’ve read this, get back to your keyboard/pen and write till your fingers bleed!