It's come from many sources, from the best of the best, and even those who don't actually have any notable writing credits. As a novice, I took it all in, and took it to heart.
Countless times I was told:
- Put your butt in chair and write!
- When it comes to show vs. tell, show, show, show. Telling is lazy writing.
- The use of adverbs is a sign of weak writing.
- To be taken seriously, you must write everyday! (Someone on Twitter went so far as to tell me to write 'until your fingers bleed.' Hey, I do love to write, but come on!)
This post fits nicely in with my personal motto, "All things in moderation." Our lives are filled with many, many choices. A little restraint and purposeful action go a long way.
Be careful what advice you heed. Almost all of the often-repeated and praised 'truths of the craft,' can be disproved when a writer creates with deliberate intention.
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