Nathan Bransford was asking bloggers recently for the worst writing advice they’ve ever been given.
Some of the best of the worst:
Remove all your commas. Editors don’t like commas and they pull the reader out of the story.
If it’s not coming easily, put it down. You aren’t meant to write if you have to try.
Agents just rip you off, don’t bother with them.
The first page of your novel MUST include the protagonist’s sex, age, physical description, and location. Preferably, this is all revealed in the first paragraph.
I don’t know what sort of qualifications these advice-givers have but I think they should cross off “Knows a lot about writing” from their resumes.

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