Advice

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hould I listen to one who gives advice on how to advise? They’re there on their own advice. They advise me to cite my site about sight. Some time ago, I took the editorial advice of someone more than willing advise me on a writing project. Turns out the project then became the advisor’s and not mine. Good thing I saved the original.

I just read a ‘good advice’ blog that talked about writing structure. “How to Unlearn Everything You Learned about Writing in School” by Dana Sitar. Do I dare advise other writers to read and perhaps head the advice?

This week I also read “Tips for Creating a Beneficial Author-Editor Relationship” by Julie Collins. The blog gives good advice perhaps based on advice given the author by others or from personal experience.

Then there’s word count. Mark Twain allegedly said, “I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.” I’m sure one agent didn’t read past my, “… 32,000-word…” statement in my query and replied that my work was too short for consideration. Then there’s the word limit for submission; but I understand the restrictions to limit cost of printing in a journal. But does tightening a 1000-word piece to 750 allow the story to be told? A piece of advice given by a word length advisor suggested splitting long works into a series. Bet that was never said to James Michener.

I think I’ll write a little about bios next time.

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ell, I need to quit before I get into a writing controversy I can’t talk my way out of of which I cannot talk my way out. Don’t want to be a grammar criminal and end in a preposition! [Who made up that rule, standard, law? Check The Mother Tongue: English and How it Got that Way by Bill Bryson.]

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