As writers, we’ve all received advice at some point in our lives, whether it’s show don’t tell, dump the clichés or lose the passive voice. My favorite was, stop head-hopping. At the time, I didn’t even know what that meant. Good advice sticks and helps us grow as writers.
When I really enjoy a book, I’ll e-mail the author to let him or her know how much I enjoyed their writing. As I started studying the craft, I would slip in a couple questions asking what craft books they recommend or any advice they might have for a new writer. The best piece of advice I ever received was from a published writer whose work I admire. She told me to write from the heart and I’ll find my voice.
Since we’re all here to learn from one another, please share your best piece of advice. Maybe your advice will help someone reach their writing or life goals.