Wednesday links

I love regularly reading tips and advice articles in certain subjects — particularly writing and publishing. I don’t always need the information right then, but I know that it’ll eventually come in handy. Or at least, I hope it will.

I know there are a lot of other people out there who feel the same way I do, but sometimes it can be difficult to find every useful advice article that’s out there. So I thought I’d bring you a few.

Here are the tips and advice articles that jumped out at me the most over the past week.

1. The Problem with Prologues, from Book Riot: I read a lot about how writers should avoid including prologues in their novels. Here’s an opinion about them from the point of view of a reader. Excerpt: “If the information in the prologue can’t be integrated into the rest of the book, then guess what? I probably don’t need to know it.”

2. A Cautionary Tale: 3 Writing Rules that Can Derail Your Story, from Writer Unboxed: We’ve all heard the writing rules that we’re told we absolutely must follow. But sometimes, those rules can create more problems than they fix. Excerpt: “All of the writers had clearly spent time learning their craft. All of them had something to say. And all of them, by meticulously following what they’d been taught, had rendered their stories mute in the exact same way.”

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