Who Do You Trust?

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I see a lot of blogs giving writing advice. Some of these blogs don’t even have a book to back up what ever advice they are giving, some are self-published authors, and very few are traditionally published authors. I read all of these blogs and some advice just baffles me that anyone would even give such advice.

So, who do you trust when it comes to advice on writing? Do you prefer for them to have a few bestsellers under their belt? Successful blog? A degree?

Personally, I have select few that I have valued their advice. One, of course, being Stephen King. You just don’t understand how much I love him! I have read his book “On Writing” and cling to his twitter and facebook pages for anything new.

Another author that I love to use as an example and listen to is Kim Harrison. She has created an amazing world that just came to a close in 2014.

The last author actually started out as a self-published author and is now traditionally published as well. Jamie McGuire. She is the reason that I decided to self-publish the first time. I will more than likely use her tips and advice again should I decide to self-publish again. I have watched her career grow and flourish. I have seen the hard work that she has put into her writing and I know that if I want to be successful I have to be like that. I have to be as driven as her. And I have an easier time at it than her because she has three kids!

I do read blogs here from other writers and the tips that they give for writing. I do enjoy a good tip that will make me rethink my own writing. In all honesty, aren’t we all here to make our writing better? And even an amateur can see something that you didn’t see.

I may read tips and tricks to writing, but in the end I will decide which ones have any kind of value in my own writing. In other words, I will take advice from anyone, but my heart and mind will tell me what advice I should trust.

How about you? Where do you find advice? Who’s tips have helped better your own writing?

11 thoughts on “Who Do You Trust?

  1. thewriterscafe247 says:

    I don’t like advice. Writing is such a singular activity, what works for other writers might not be for me. I like reading books/blogs about plot or character development, but I avoid advice. On my blog I write about things I’ve noticed in my own writing, if you read it and find something useful for you, cool. If not, so be it.

    • Heather M. says:

      I love online classes. I haven’t been able to find anything to fit my needs recently, but they are a great way to connect with others that share an interest in the same things as you.

  2. Rachel says:

    I like advice from any writer; published or not. It’s great to get different opinions on certain aspects of writing. Everyone works differently. What works for you might not work for others and vice versa. That’s what makes it great because you get different ideas to try and if they work, great. If not, that’s okay. That’s what l love about advice: it’s just opinion (which everyone is entitled to) and you can choose not to listen to it.

  3. ehbates says:

    The only people whose writing advice I take seriously are the ones who state, “This is what worked for me, but it may or may not work for you.” As soon as someone says, “You MUST do this,” I shut them out. I enjoy hearing what works for other people, and I love adopting bits and pieces of it here and there for myself; but I can’t stand the lists of what you must do or mustn’t do.

    • Heather M. says:

      I’m with you on that. I always snarl my nose up when someone tells me something is a must to succeed. I might even get a little angry at them for trying to sell something that doesn’t work for everyone.

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