Writing advice you should not heed

Writing advice is… well… cheap. You can find it everywhere. It’s mostly harmless, as far as it goes, but then – sometimes – I come across a list, ‘10 things all aspiring novelists should know’, which I begin itching to annotate.  e.g.
10. Always delete the first three chapters of the first draft of your first three novels. It will always be filled with backstory you don’t need.
My answer:
ANY piece of advice that begins with “Always” or “Never” is to be discarded immediately…
Read the rest of Alma Alexander’s advice on writing advice here.