More great ones at the link.
Have you received any particularly bad advice? Share it in the comments please.
Then there are the contradictions -- one person was told to use "said" in dialogue tags (as in "all the things she said," she said), because, apparently "everyone is only using 'said' now." Many others were advised to never use "said," and instead find active verbs, such as "whispered," "exclaimed" and, as one exasperated commenter notes, "the physically impossible 'grinned.' "
* Remove all your commas. Editors don't like commas and they pull the reader out of the story.
* The first page of your novel MUST include the protagonist's sex, age, physical description and location. Preferably, this is all revealed in the first paragraph.
* Worst advice: Your character should experience only one emotion per scene.
* Narrative is what makes a good story. Get rid of all the dialogue.
Millhauser is my favorites short story writer, bar none.
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