- A lecture on how you'd write if only you had the time. Committed writers make the time, even if it is only10 minutes a day as, over time, that builds up and you will have articles, stories and eventually novels written in those pockets of time.
- Limp praise for what you're doing then a reminder X is doing so much better. Not nice! But it happens and I so wish it didn't. Don't think it is fair on any writer. Also the comparison is useless. Maybe X is doing better because they have been writing for longer than you have, they've served the apprenticeship and learned from their mistakes and are now reaping the benefits of that, while you are still going through that process. (The length of time it takes varies from writer to writer too, but you know you've come to the end of your apprenticeship when you start receiving more acceptances. Even then you move on to another stage of learning - that of adapting to life as a professional writer and how to make the most of the opportunities that come your way).
- Lots of how-to write books. Most of them are useful to be fair but there is a very good chance we've got them on our shelves already!
It was my birthday earlier this week and today I had a family/friends gathering. One of the gifts was a writer's kit (notebook, pens, document presentation folders etc). Absolutely wonderful present for any writer. But it led me to wonder what would any writer NOT want to receive and I came up with the following:-
I'm Allison Symes and write fairytales with bite, especially novels and short stories.