What was the worst piece of advice you ever got in your writing career?
Mine was...well, I have two.
The one I used above there. I was told that books would pop SO MUCH MORE if I used other verbs in my dialogue tags. And I have one entire book (my first after I got serious about writing once again) that doesn't have a single said in it. They moaned, or laughed, or winked, or whatsit.
The other was:
"Go ahead and quit your day job! If you are a writer you are ONLY a writer."
Patently false, and I didn't do it then, and won't do it now. I think I need to be out in the real world to see the colours and people, and why quit and just sit at a desk to think about my books? I think about them much better when I'm out doing stuff. I love living in my head, but I love it MY way, not what others think should be my way.