So you probably know by now, if you've been reading this blog much at all, that I get a lot of ideas for content from The Guardian and The New York Times. Lately, the Huffington Post has had a lot of interesting content related to writing and books, so I'm going to start including more from them as well. Like this one:
5 Lies They Tell You About Writing
I am not a published author, of course (though I hope to be one day, which is something else you know if you've read much of this blog before). And I am the sort of person who really does care about what the experts say. I listen to my veterinarian, to the guy who trained me to use the LC-MS/MS (a particular type of scientific analytical instrument is all you need to know, if you're not in the field), to the car repair people (I'm fairly certain they're not trying to cheat me). But writing is like that one area where theoretically anyone can write a novel. I've seen novels from computer scientists, stay-at-home moms, lawyers, etc. And maybe because of that, I don't always listen to the advice of so-called "experts." (A few exceptions...Stephen King's advice is not bad, nor is Orson Scott Card's.)
At any rate, it turns out, sometimes the advice is not true. (Write what you know? Seriously? Who wants to read about cleaning up after my pets, endless labeling of HPLC vials and microcentrifuge tubes, or what I watch on TV while I walk on my treadmill or lift weights? Because that's basically what my life is, these days?) Anyway, head on over to the link I posted and see what you think.