Writerly advice . . . I don't give it.
Every so often, most writer's blogs tend to share advice and thoughts about writing, how-to's, publishing, etc. I don't do that. And its a bit strange (as far as I'm concerned) because I research these things to death. I have a thirst for knowledge, especially when its about something that I'm getting myself into, and well, I'm neck deep into this writing gig.
Here is the thing: I don't feel secure or comfortable enough to give advice. I am learning as I go and don't think I have any authority on the subject. Does it mean that I don't have anything helpful to share? Probably not. I mean, I know for a fact that my knowledge has helped at least one person: me. Okay, so that might not count since I obviously know how my own mind works. And me being me, what else would I say? Of course I've helped myself, I rock my world . . . wait, I think I'm getting off track here. Anyway. . .
Part of me wonders if maybe I'm just being selfish by not sharing what I learn. But when I really think about it, that's not why. I stop myself from "advising" because anyone can find information on the web, and I fear that I might not explain it as well as what's out there. Or that since I'm a newbie, I really have no business sharing anything at all. My insecurity makes me feel like I have to prove myself first. On the other hand, I suppose I can also argue that I'm protecting myself from sharing bad advice. I don't want to be responsible for anyone's negative outcome. So, if I do s
tart telling you what to do give advice in the future, it would be after I've learned and experienced them for myself. Umm, a few times or so :-/
Now I'm wondering if this is a valid concern or if I'm being stupidly paranoid (Probably best not to answer this). Speaking of stupidly: stay away from using too many adverbs, you know. . . if you want. Don't take my word for it :P