Unpopular opinions for real. Not “I actually like pineapple on pizza.”
Let’s jump right in!
1. Adverbs work beautifully.
A wise man once said “The road to hell is paved with adverbs,” and then I realized, wait a minute, I don’t even like Stephen King! (An unpopular opinion in and of itself!) And, unless used in excess, adverbs can work beautifully.
Staring curiously, smiling wickedly… Adverbs can be quick beats.
When the dialogue or scene is fast-paced, adverbs work. I get what the character is doing, and I can keep reading the scene. So, I do like adverbs.
2. Yes, other authors ARE your competition.
Unless you’re writing in a vacuum where there are no other authors or books available, yes, other authors and other books in your genre ARE your competition. The reader is choosing between a ton of books and yours.
But let’s not confuse “competition” with “being snobby to each other.”
If my competition (another writer in my genre) raises the bar with her book, then I need to raise to the standard set by her. THAT is healthy competition. It means being inspired, working to do your best, and when someone raises the bar– you rise up to the challenge.
3. Social media doesn’t matter
A great story matters. Social media is secondary to that. Unless your dream is to be an influencer, and not an author. That’s up to you. Regardless…
Social media is surprisingly easy to improve.
For instance, I gathered hundreds of followers on Instagram by simply doing a “writer’s loop.” Within a day, I was up by 300. Of course, I realized that the quality of interactions sucked, and I quickly deleted most, but my point is: You can do social media quickly and easily. Your book? That takes time and heart.
Adverbs work. Other authors are your competition. Social media doesn’t matter.
What are your unpopular writing opinions? Like, REAL unpopular.
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Take care and write on,
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