Our topic this month over at the Contemporary Romance Cafe is particularly bad writing advice we’ve received. Deciding which advice works and which doesn’t can be difficult, especially for a newer writer.
I had a critique partner who was constantly suggesting that I lengthen my phrases and sentences. If you know me, even a little bit, you know that’s the last thing I need. Instead, I’m working toward crafting tighter, leaner prose and quickening the pace of my passages. So, I mastered the art of the wry smile and gentle head nod whenever he suggested it; letting it go in one ear and out the other.
Yet, there’s the rub when it comes to advice of any kind. A fine balance must be achieved. We must learn to discern between the wheat and the chaff. Not always an easy task.
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“Chaos Inside” photo courtesy of Hartwig HKD.