Over the years, I have read my share of writing advice from experts. I have read books and tons of articles in my attempt to find a way to break into the writing business. It is so much out there, like a vast sea, that extends far and beyond what we can fathom. Sometimes as you read it, you wonder what is good and what is not.
For example, I have heard my share of advice on when and how much to write. One writer wrote that you don’t need to write daily. Then there are others that say writing daily is the only way to become a better writer.
When it comes to book publishing, I have read numerous publications on the topic. There are some experts that tell people to forget about publishing the traditional way. They explain that finding an agent and going to a publisher won’t happen and trying to go that route is a useless goal. However, there are many other writers that encourage people to write a query letter to locate a literary agent because there are still books being published the traditional way.
At times all this advice seems contradictory. It can be overwhelming where it is daunting for the published-author-to-be.
So what does one do with all the advice that you need to read? You can choose not to read it, which I would never suggest. Or you can decide to do what is best for you.
If writing daily is what you do – Do it! I can care less about what “experts” have to say at writing daily. I need to write every single day. If I don’t write I start to get these “writing pangs” and I must feed it. So I write.
When it comes to publishing my book, I have not decided on a path, that I am taking. I don’t have a preference. All I know is that my book(s), (yes plural) will be published. If that is via a literary agent to a publishing company or a self-publisher, it will be published. I refuse to listen to “experts” tell me what is the preferred way to go and what I should do.
So in all the writing advice in this world, my strong suggestion is to take what you need. Keep what will motivate you, inspire you, guide you, and strengthen you. Put all the things that are not for you, in an incinerator of advice that you don’t need….. and keep on working on your writing goals.