I don't think there is a single element of writing where I can't find conflicting advice, often diametrically opposed advice.
The one I've been noticing lately is -- write !, no matter how badly I think I am doing. The opposite advice, of course, is don't write! unless I'm passionate about what I'm writing.
What this means, to me, is that I am on my own. Trust my own instincts, follow my own inclinations.
I have my small business as a comparison. Almost all the advice I read early about small business was wrong. There was good advice mixed in with the bad, but there was no way of knowing which was which. Until I learned it myself. Then the good advice was just confirmation, and the bad advice was something I just shook my head over.
But it means that I am very leery about taking advice willy-nilly, without some evidence of my own to back it up, by which time I don't usually need the advice.
Frankly, if I really tried to follow all the advice out there, I'd be tied up in knots.
I trust my instincts. Most often, the best result comes from just doing what I think is right; even if everyone else is saying the opposite.
I imagine that's what a crazy person thinks. Or put another way -- that's what I think and that's what a crazy person thinks. Which means I may or may not be crazy.
Knots, I tell you.
Coming 4/1/15 -- really.
2 days ago