• Sofiya Pasternack

The (Sorta) Complete Beginner's Guide to Writing

Advice From a Profeshinul Auther


The first rule of writing advice is to never listen to anyone else's writing advice.


Okay, now here's my writing advice.

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El Oh El okay okay, caveat before we get going here. I'm sure you learned in elementary school that any time a true/false problem uses a word like "ALWAYS" or "NEVER," you can assume the answer is false, because very rarely is something ALWAYS or NEVER anything.


The same thing goes for writing advice. Any time you see a "List of 10 Things New Authors Should NEVER Do," you can (probably) safely write that list off as being wrong and bad. I say "probably," because sometimes people will have a list of actually good advice and they give it a clickbait title to get more views.


But yeah, in general, the advice to NEVER or ALWAYS do something is usually bad. Because people are different and experiences are different and taste is different and you never know what rule you're going to break that's going to revolutionize your genre.


Okay Sofi, calm down. This is a guide for new writers, not literary revolutionaries.


WELL. Literary revolutionaries had to start somewhere.


In this post, we'll go through these things:

Reading

Writing

'Rithmetic

Reading


My non-author job is in healthcare. In order to renew my licenses and certifications every 2-5 years (all of them are a little different), I have to do Continuing Education (CE) between them. And just like every license has a different renewal period, each one has a different number of CEs required, and what the CE parameters are.


For example: I have Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC) certification for my disaster job, and this requires that you're an RN, and also that you have to take a 2-day class with a hands-on pass-off and a written test every 4 years. There are no CEs in the interim, and no hours requirements.


I just let my Critical Care RN (CCRN) lapse, because it requires that you're an RN who had worked at least 300 hours in a critical care setting over the last 3 years. There's no retest, but you must provide proof of those hours. You also have to be a current member of American Associ