Monday, February 07, 2011
How do you know when you’re ready to offer advice?
My husband will soon graduate with his degree in Golf Management. During the course of his studies, he learned how to give golf lessons using all kinds of techniques including video analysis. This year, he must bring in people who want to learn the game and instruct them in front of his teacher for his grade.
Yet still he feels inadequate teaching anyone golf. One reason could be because his own game isn’t quite where he wants it yet. Maybe it’s because he’s only been golfing for three years. (BUT seems like Forever!)
As writers, when are we ready to offer writing advice?
Is it as soon as we are published? Is it as soon as we call ourselves writers?
I read a lot of blogs that give advice on all kinds of subjects. Usually I look at the blogger’s credentials and then determine if I will take what they say wholeheartedly or not. Sometimes, I’m surprised at how soon advice is given out and the depth of it.
When it comes to my blog, I try to share the mistakes I’ve made along the way and those I learned from. They won’t be the same as yours. You also won’t see me giving out a lot of technical writing advice like plot and structure because I know the books out there can do a much better job than I can. And besides that, I’m still learning.
I’m on my fifth novel and I’ve finally just developed a good working plan for my revisions. But ask me how to write a good non-fiction story and I’ll jump right in.
So tell me, how soon do you feel comfortable offering advice to others?