I know this would be really
negative, but someone should start a tumblr refuting 100% of the writing advice
on this site.
Someone just posted ‘don’t ever begin a book with a weather
description’ and I happen to be 10x more likely to buy a book with a healthy
opening line on the weather.
“Rain fell that night, a
fine, whispering rain.” -Cornelia Funke, Inkheart
“The morning had dawned clear
and cold, with a crispness that hinted at the end of summer.” -George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
“At the corner of Adelaide
Road, where the paving sparkled in the morning sun, Mr. Mack waited by the
newspaper stand.” -Jamie
Swim, Two Boys
“I became what I am today at
the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975.” Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
“The hottest day of the summer
so far was drawing to a close, and a drowsy silence lay over the large, square
houses of Privet Drive.” J.K.
Rowling, The Order of the Phoenix
“Edward Wozny stood squinting
at the sun as crowds of people excused themselves past him in both directions.
It was hot and bright.” –Lev
“From a little after two o’clock
until almost sundown of the long still hot weary dead September afternoon they
Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom!
“The last place I lived in in
Berlin was at the Kuhnerts’, out in Schoneweide, on the second floor of a villa
covered in wild vines. …[A]utumn had arrived.” –Peter Nadas, A Book of Memories
“’I have been here before,’ I
said; I had been there before; first with Sebastian more than twenty years ago
on a cloudless day…” Evelyn
Waugh, Brideshead Revisited
All examples of fine books randomly taken from my shelves.
My advice to YOU is to stop
giving people writing advice. Because people reblog it which means they read it
which means they absorb it. I can hear the beautiful descriptions of serendipitous
sunrises and ominous rainstorms that would have been – perish. Let the young
peeps of Tumblr write and experiment in peace.