25 Pieces Of Writing Advice To End All Writing Advice

Most writing advice comes off as watered down and lacking both bark and bite. I’m not sure exactly why, but I think it has something to do with the writer being hesitant to have his or her name attached to something potentially offensive. Very few seem to crave the public attention of being a curmudgeon spitting on the idealistic novice.

I’ve spent the last month contacting authors (both major house and indie; critically acclaimed and up-and-coming; big names and small; cock wavers and VIDA junkies) and a few influential editors, asking each to submit their most heartfelt, brutal, and honest writing advice they could think of. I promised to publish what they wrote anonymously. The following are the results.

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5 clunks of beer gloss

1. Writing Advice for April: The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.

2. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Q90_ZjuKgo

3. Who is the best writer to not have a book?

4. Book I could do without.

5. Think how lame it is to send/receive the new sarcasm emoticon being bandied about. “Hey I am adding this emoticon because I think you are concrete. You just can’t go abstract and also you bore me and you talk really loud to boot.”