“Truisms of the trade,”which are “at best…half-truths: at worst, they are straightjackets for budding authors,” from Huffington Post:
1. Write What You Know.
2. Descriptions are passé. Brand names are cool.
3. Fiction is a lie.
4. Literary fiction equals literature (and is therefore superior to genre fiction).
5. “Hey, writers are entertainers. I’m not trying to be Tolstoy.”