Amy on writing

Amy’s Bad Advice #1

On writing…

It’s worth what you paid for it.

Amy’s bad advice for seeing your work with fresh eyes.

Believe it or not, this is not advice from the source, I read it somewhere and gave it a shot…literally…

Then I hand wrote this post in my journal while simultaneously mouse scrolling my manuscript on the computer. (Ambidexterity is a handy skill) I do admit that my Norwegian grandmother would have been ashamed of my penmanship. I too found it questionable. (And hard to transcribe🤫)

So you have edited your book many times, so many that you could easily recite it verbatim like a monologue for the school play. Your betas are exhausted and you’re without a CP. What do you do?

Drink. Drink a bit, not enough to take residence in your toilet bowl, and not so much that you can no longer read. Just a bit. Just enough.


Bask in the glory of your own work. Or balk at the horror of it. Either way you’ll have the fresh eyes of a new born baby. It seems like a very writerly thing it do right? Glamourous Martini drinking in a dim room with a typewriter? Smoke looming thick in the air from your cigar? Fedora artfully a tilt? I feel dashing just suggesting it.

I suppose an alternate outcome would be sulking in the corner lamenting your vices and cursing this ugly world we live in…. But that sounds pretty writerly too now doesn’t it?

There it is my writers, Amy’s Bad Advice #1. See above quote fot its value.

What’s the worst writing advice you’ve ever been given? This? I love our repartee.

Cheers, Amy

9 thoughts on “Amy’s Bad Advice #1”

  1. I’d give my right arm to be ambidextrous. The worst writing advice I’ve been given is probably, ‘you should write a book’. Once the dream of awards and how to spend those advances for that tricky 4th novel have popped, you soon come to realise the bloomin’ thing demands constant feeding, slavish dedication, mental mangling and sleep deprivation only to find out that’s the easy bit. Or was that, ‘you should have children?’ Keep the weekly(ish) chirography contraceptive deterrents coming, Amy – though in reality us writers know we can as much stop writing as stop tilting our Fedoras.

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    1. That is all just terrible. Terrible indeed. But true. Man. I don’t even have a cohesive 4th book in mind. Just 3. And fortunately I’m done with my kid makin. I get enough with daycare. Don’t have to take those ones home, as much as I adore them… and I won’t be stopping my tilt anytime soon. Keep tilting. Cheers!


  2. As a tee totaller I’m stumped on this one lol. But I did drink enough in my 20’s and 30’s to last a lifetime. Question? How many beta readers would you suggest? And what is the difference between a beta reader and a critique partner?

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    1. A critique partner reads your work and you read theirs and give your best constructive crit. Betas are people you can trust to read and be honest about your work. I’m not sure how many. I only had 2. Probably why I’ve had so many problems. The more the merrier I say.

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    1. That’s great! Can’t wait to hear more about it…First query was just to vague overall. The next 2 were also too vague and just didn’t convey the stakes. Then I wrote one that gave it all away 😅.. and this one I’ve pulled back and hopefully did enough to pull an agent in. We’ll see.

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