This week the prompt involves the worst writing advice I’ve ever gotten. Actually, I’ve got two pearls of wisdom that were shared and aren’t all that great.
One involves reviews. “It’s your book. Defend that sucker and tell everyone who disagrees with you why they’re wrong or hurtful or whatever.” As you can imagine, arguing with reviewers, no matter how much you’re hurt or feel wronged or whatever, isn’t good. That’s their opinion. Even if there are spoilers, keep your mouth shut. I mean it. Seems silly, right? You should be able to defend yourself. Except you shouldn’t. Reviews aren’t meant to be your buddy. They’re an assessment of your work. It’s not like a math problem where there is one answer. What might be good for me, might be a trigger for you. That’s just how it is.
The other piece of advice involves social media. “You need to talk about yourself. You need to put yourself out there. If no one knows anything about you, then how will you have fans?” This might not seem like good writing advice because it doesn’t seem to have much to do with writing. That’s because it doesn’t. It’s about promotion. This one is subjective. You have to do what you’re comfy with. If you like to share, then share, but realize there are lots of people on social media that you don’t know and you can’t be certain they aren’t resharing or stealing. Just saying. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m a chatty person and I tend to share too much if we talk in person. What can I say? I’m chatty. But there are things I won’t share. Politics, my family photos, my dentist visits… arguments with anyone. It’s just not me. I want my readers to see me as a positive person. If you come to my page, it’s to have fun. That’s by choice. Plus, who really wants to see me with no makeup and my hair on end? God knows I don’t want to see me that way.
What advice have you gotten that was just…not happening? Let me know. We can commiserate. 🙂