I am fascinated by writing advice.
If I were to give any, it would be a very terse
Write More (echoing Jay Lake) .
But, boy, do I love thinking about other people's advice. Maybe it's a procrastination thing. I ought to be careful about that.
What I'm wondering about at the moment is this, very popular bit of advice: To be a great writer, you have do take risks with your fiction. To improve you need to move out of your comfort zone.
What do you think about that?
What about this instead: To be a great writer, don't take risks but concentrate on what you're doing and get really, really good at it?
I wouldn't say I take risks. Oh dear, that makes my stories sound very dull. I know what aspects of life I want to explore. I know what effects I want to achieve. I'm not saying I can't improve. But I feel happy on the path I'm on.
What risks do you take? What kind of risks can you take with fiction?
Do you have any examples of writers who've talked about the risks they've taken-- and the positive results they've gotten?