The worst writing advice, debunked

mindset writing advice Jun 21, 2023

I saw someone give the worst writing advice the other day. I’m still feeling a little spicy about it! 

Now, let me be clear: Writers need guidance. They really do. They need real training and mentorship.

I feel strongly about this! It’s why I started Path of the Storyteller to begin with.

What writers don’t need is uninformed advice that makes them doubt themselves needlessly, without giving them the tools they need truly improve.

You can get bad writing advice in so many places. Sometimes it comes from so-called experts. And a lot of the time it comes from people who don’t have much expertise at all.

Bad advice is everywhere, and writers can get so confused by it. In today’s livestream, I’ll talk about some of the most common types of bad writing advice out there, and what you should do about it if any of it comes your way.

I share why I think it’s so pervasive, and what some of this mistaken guidance might really be trying to communicate. 

➡️ I also unravel why we sometimes have trouble accepting the need for true mentorship. I think this last point will speak to many of you. Why do we go looking for advice in all the wrong places? And how do you find the kind of mentorship that you can truly benefit from? Let’s discuss. 

Enrollment is about to begin for Path of the Storyteller’s summer offerings. Join my mailing list to learn about these opportunities to level up your fiction writing skills: 

  • Interested in learning how to write story-packed scenes that keep your readers turning pages? Great news coming your way!

  • Eager to know the right way to approach revision without getting overwhelmed? Got you covered! 

  • Are you ready for a deep dive into story structure and writing craft? The Path of the Storyteller flagship program is waiting for you! (And expect some changes that make this transformative MFA-in-a-semester even more accessible to those who want all the training but at a more flexible pace.)

Good writing is my jam! Put me on the mailing list, please.


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