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  1. 3/17/2014
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    Great article! The problem with writing advice is that much of it is not really advice, but marketing with an ulterior motive. The unfortunate institution of the “author website” perpetuates the self-fulfilling prophecy that the primary audience for writers’ websites is other writers, and that audience (supposedly) wants to read advice on writing. Thus to fill content you get lots of articles with titles like “15 Things You’re Doing Wrong With Your Novel” and “The Best Writing Tips I Ever Got” which are not advice so much as click-bait. This is where most writing “advice” comes from. It’s not real content, it’s just fluff generated to fill blog posts. We’re all guilty of it, myself included from time to time, and it’s a hard habit to break.

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      Haralambi Markov
      3/18/2014
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      Yeah, I know of several authors who just churn out this sort of content and I’m finding it tiresome after the first 10 posts on the subject. That’s why I restrain myself to dish it out as much. I focus on what I have learned about writing rather than guiding people. And it’s why I started this feature to just showcase how different writing is for everybody and how advice can never be universal.

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