This post may offend, but that’s not my intention.
Writing advice – every writer has it. Everyone is more than willing to pass on their writing-know-how and ‘how-to’ tutorials, whether they be for ‘good characters’ or ‘how to avoid cliche writing plots’. You will find writing advice everywhere you go, if you’re in the writing circle. And I’m not against writing-blogs, I’m not. I’m a writer. So, let me share my writing advice with you:
Stop taking writing advice
That’s it. And hey, you don’t even have to take it. My point is that I want to see more writers writing how they feel best – writing how God has called them to write, not following some script for what makes a good character, or what to avoid….none of that matters in the long run. We need to let God take control and write through us – He doesn’t need any writing advice because He created it.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the writing-advice of “do’s” and “don’t’s” and hold them as top authority. I’m not saying writing advice is bad. I’m saying we need to stop holding it as god. They’re all just our opinions.
This whole post is my opinion. I don’t want you following my opinion – I want you to hold God as god and follow His writing advice. Seek Him and He will be found – He cares about your writing! He’s the One who has given you the gift. :)
You will find conflicting writing advice from two or more people you thought had it right. And their advice is right – for them. That is the ‘right’ they have found and it works for them. That’s fantastic! Now, you need to find your ‘right’. If you aren’t writing how “everyone else” is writing, that’s okay. We need more good, diverse books that have their own unique-ness! Because you are unique! So take that way God has shown you as right and write! And if your ‘right’ is in line with that other person’s ‘right’, that’s okay too! It’s great that we can take help from other writers, just be careful not to measure yourself and your writing by that standard.
Embrace the unique way God has made you and has made you to write. :)