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Writing Advice to Avoid: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt

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I always try to share the best advice, but there are times when a piece of advice is flawed, or biased, or just not applicable to your situation. While I do recommend to take any advice from a reputible and knowledgeable source with great care, there are definitely cases where there’s room to make your own judgement call.

To help you along, here’s some pointers on advice that you definitely want to avoid, or at least take with a healthy helping of salt.

1: The Danger of Writing Advice from Industry Professionals – Starting us off we have Chuck Wendig, with some sage words about parsing the advice you receive, and remembering that at the end of the day, any advice you get is just the preference of the person giving it.

2: The Ten Worst Pieces of Writing Advice You Will Ever Hear – Some of the most common bits of advice you’ll receive have become so rote that they are cliché and unworkable. Remember that any advice must fit the context of your own work.

3: 12 Bad Writing Tips New Writers Give Each Other – No-one seeks out advice quite like new writers. And no-one is ready to dole out advice quite like new writers. Whenever you get some tips, make sure the advice you’re getting isn’t going to sink you.

4: Bad Writing Advice from Famous Authors – It’s not just the newbies who get things wrong. Even the best of us can fall prey to our biases, and it’s important for all of us to remember that.

5: Terrible Writing Advice – I’m a big believer in mixing learning with fun and, if you can manage it, laughter. If that suits you, then this Youtube channel is the best resource I can offer for learning what writing “advice” is best to avoid.

That’s all for now. Good luck!

(c) Paul Anthony Shortt


Paul Anthony Shortt believes in magic and monsters; in ghosts and fairies, the creatures that lurk under the bed and inside the closet. The things that live in the dark, and the heroes who stand against them. Above all, he believes that stories have the power to change the world, and the most important stories are the ones which show that monsters can be beaten. Paul's work includes the Memory Wars Trilogy and the Lady Raven Series. His short fiction has appeared in the Amazon #1 bestselling anthology, Sojourn Volume 2. Website: http://www.paulanthonyshortt.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pashortt Twitter: @PAShortt.