Okay, so, this is a thought that I’ve been having since editing.
It’s not completely fleshed out. It’s more like a rant. I’ve been feeling frustrated with writing advice online.
Show don’t tell.
Write engaging characters. Let the characters drive the story.
Write what matters.
How to write a good hook…looking at the great hooks of the century! (or something like this)
and…other general writing advice, always seems to be a bit of fluff?
People say “show don’t tell”, but on top of many misunderstanding what it actually means, they don’t show what they mean. Or if they do, they don’t break down how it is showing or telling.
What does it mean to actually show?
You can say, “the sun was shining” or say “the warmth touched her cheeks as she gazed at the sky, shielding her eyes with her free hand…” (sorry, that was mediocre writing, but you get it XD )
And they end the advice there.
That’s how you show and tell! Yay.
Idk about you, but I need to have things broken down and explained to me exactly HOW it’s done. How do you get from “the sun was shining” to all that stuff? What is the thought process?
No one says it.
The characters drive the story. The characters matter. Write what matters. Here’s how to write a good hook with examples (but we’re only going to show you examples and not exactly how to write it, and these are all polished books in contrast to your draft).
They explain why, sure, but only the, “fluff stuff” is what I like to call it, because they’re not actually explaining.
I could tell you how to draw a cat. You draw a circle and two triangles and two dots. There, a cat. But can you draw a cat? No. I don’t think you can. Because I didn’t tell you where the triangles or dots go. I didn’t tell you how big everything has to be in relation to the others.
A LOT of writing advice I come across on YouTube or the internet, is mostly this kind of surface-level fluff stuff. They don’t actually get down into the gritty details and explain.
Because of this, I think, okay, I know how to do this thing, and I go do it, but then I’m unable to. I struggle and struggle and struggle… It doesn’t work. Then I might even go down a weird path and get a whole lot of writer’s block.
In conclusion, a lot of writing advice is bad (note that I didn’t say “all writing advice is bad” because there are, obviously, good ones).
Is this just me?