Bad Writing Advice From Famous Authors

Worth reading, for the sake of reminding you to do your own thang.

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Aspiring writers will never tire of reading lists of writing advice from famous authors, whether legendary or living. And why should they? These lists, the most recent of which to bubble up in our collective consciousness being advice from W.G. Sebald, contain countless encouragements, tips, and (in almost every case) directives to get to it and stop fooling about. But even famous authors can lead young writers astray — after all, not every suggestion works for everyone, or every rule for every type of writing, and we find ourselves deeply skeptical any time anyone tell us we must do something (or not do it). As Sebald himself advised, “Don’t listen to anyone. Not us, either. It’s fatal.” After the jump, a few pieces of bad — at least in our minds — writing advice from famous authors, and if you feel so moved, add to our list in the…

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3 thoughts on “Bad Writing Advice From Famous Authors

    • Proseia says:

      Best guess: Maybe by the time authors get good enough to start giving advice (or at least famous enough to have people listen), they’ve forgotten what it’s like to need advice? But really no idea. =P

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