Check out this great post from the Novelty Revisions blog regarding how writing advice you don’t want to hear can be valuable to you.
To me, career advice like “follow your heart” and “go with your gut” feels empty and generalized and extremely unhelpful.
It’s what people say when they want to appear supportive but don’t actually have any valuable wisdom to offer.
All it really means, after all, is “Do what you feel is right. Go where you feel led.” Etcetera.
I can guess with confidence that you’ve had this kind of advice tossed your way when thinking about how you want to spend your time and effort as a creative professional. Especially when seeking support from a friend or family member who does not write, has never seriously written, and therefore just can’t fully understand the weight of the decisions that often accompany a career in writing.
We still love those people — they just don’t get it. Not their fault. They mean well.
But what is it, really, that we want…
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