From Dave Farland:
In life, at times we have to sift through the hype, the clutter, and the nonsense and find out what advice is worthwhile and what is not. Several times per week, people will email me with questions that start off, “I was reading a blog by (name of author), and they said (assert alleged fact). Are they right?” Sometimes the author is spot-on. Many times the author is partly right, and I have to explain things a little further. Other times the information is drivel.
Sometimes even stellar authors give bad advice. On Friday I noticed a link to a column from one of my favorite authors—a bestseller, an award-winner. I linked to it, hoping for a gem of wisdom. His eight pieces of advice could be summed up in a few words: “Don’t ask me, just get off your butt and write.”
To me, the author seemed rather contemptuous of struggling authors. This person knows a great deal about writing, and revealed none of it. If you followed his advice, you would at least get something written, but it would be no better than if you had never listened to a word that he said.
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It’s true that most of the time when we as authors give advice, it falls on deaf ears. Too often the people who ask for the advice never heed it. I know many would-be authors who have been studying for twenty years and have never finished a novel.
But some students take advice. Some people come to the craft with a fire in the belly, a hunger to learn. Several of my students have gone out, written their first novels, started their careers—and made millions. One of them has made hundreds of millions.
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