I like Pinterest a lot. Great recipes, tattoo ideas, photos, and just plain old stuff.
However, it seems to have also become a home to really inane writing advice.
- Below "19 Lasagna Recipes That Will Change Your Life" was "8 Steps to Cracking the YA Mindset."
- "22 Rules to Phenomenal Storytelling," with number 1 being that readers admire a character more for trying than succeeding and number two was keep in mind what's interesting to an audience.
- "10 Methods to get better at Writing," which includes, condense wordy sentences.
- The juxtaposition of a post saying insecure people try to make you feel smaller with someone stating 3 unforgivable sins your character should never commit.
And for most if not all of these lists, they use the numeral instead of writing the number as per Chicago Manual of Style.
Now that I've complained, what are some helpful bits of advice and information one can find? I don't like lists nor do I like rules or rules posing as advice. There is a great series of Master Lists For... that offer examples from which a stuck writer can improvise off of and get unstuck. There are photos--that have nothing to do with writing advice--that can be used to imagine the features of characters and settings. There are descriptions of food that can provide all sorts of ideas for engaging a readers senses. There are little known stories from history that can spark creative ideas.
Basically, most things that aren't advice to writers can be used to improve your writing and storytelling while most advice isn't really that helpful.