The easy one is a variation on the theme of, "Don't take financial tips from a broke guy." As a guy just out of the starting blocks, there's not a whole lot I can tell writers that they can't find from far more credible sources elsewhere. So there isn't much writing advice here. It's mainly thoughts and commentary directed towards media, with a focus on pimping the high quality independent works that don't get the attention they deserve.
Some day I hope to be a Pulp Revolution hipster that was there before it was cool.
The major conclusion I've reached about the culture of writers is that most writing communities are terrible places. They are filled with pretentious people who aren't half as clever as they think. They were probably in the top two percent of the smartest kids in their small town class, and never graduated from Dunning-Kruger University. That doesn't stop them from presenting long lists of copied and recopied "No Shit Sherlock" advice about reading what you like, finding a quiet place to write, and just writing already.
The inspirational advice that grinds my gears the most is the accurate but over-used idea that you should only write if you can't not write. For a couple of reasons:
- When somebody comes to you asking for help with something, telling them not to do that thing if they don't have to smacks of self-serving condescension. If you don't want the competition, don't offer advice to help the competition.
- It doesn't offer any real guidance or path forward.
- It isn't consistent with the advice that normally accompanies the phrase.
Look, I get it. It's nice to be paid for your writing. The knowledge that a stranger would sacrifice a bit of his time or cash to partake of the sweet honey of your writing is both financially and emotionally rewarding. But if you really believe that you write because you can't not write, then why are you stressing out about how to write full time?
I got a list of hobbies as long as my arm that earning a living from would be a dream come true. Of course, the market for people who sing bass in a barbershop quartet is limited, so that's right out the window. As it is DMing old school D&D, or pushing cardboard chits around a hex map, or running a lot of ten minute miles in a row without stopping, or playing video games ten years past their prime. These are all things, just like writing, that I can't not do, so I just do them anyway. I do them for the sheer pleasure they bring. Just like writing.
You can't claim to be a writer who writes because he can't not write, and claim that you don't write because you can't make enough money at it. That makes no sense. If you want to be a writer, go write already.
Let me conclude with some writing advice written by an underappreciated master, by way of Two Gun Bob at Two Gun Blog:
|Go forth and multiply those words.|