Insecure Writer's Support Group Day and a Visit to Ironbridge and Much Wenlock

Insecure writer's support group day -- the first in the new year!

Today's question: What writing rule do you wish you’d never heard?

There are many supposed rules that I don't think are useful; "write what you know" is a particularly pointless piece of advice. If everyone followed it, there'd be no historical fiction, hardly any suspense, certainly no paranormal, and no science fiction!

I think all writing advice is best read with only half an eye. It's good to know that it's out there when you'd like some guidance on a specific point. It's nice to have a starting block when you're first beginning to explore the writing path. And it's good to have something to rail against when you are well-advanced on that path and looking to carve your own walkway.

Yet for the most part it's a waste of the time you could be spending on writing. On telling a story. On keeping your readers enthralled. On reading all the good fiction and autobiography and non-fiction and correspondence and essays that are out there.

Others have said this sort of thing before, much better than I can:
Diana Gabaldon: "Read. Write. Don't Stop!"
Diana Gabaldon: My Writing Process
Stephen King: On Writing (no link -- buy the book from your preferred seller!)
Louise Penny: Advice for new writers
Neil Gaiman: Advice to authors
Neil Gaiman: Some advice from the last four months:

Visit the Insecure Writer's Support Group page for lots of advice and helpful links!

One morning last November we visited (again) Ironbridge, the first arch bridge in the world (1781) to be made of cast iron. I also visited the town of Much Wenlock, Shropshire, for the first time. A few photos!:

The Brookes family, prominent in Much Wenlock's history

A new-to-me author: Mary Webb

Dr William Brookes founded the Wenlock Olympian Games in 1850, and campaigned for the revival of the ancient Greek Games. The first modern international Olympic Games were held in Athens in 1896

This feels like a story...

A building from 1610!

What writing rule do you ignore? What rule, if any, do you follow?

Happy new year!

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