I'm going to several writing conferences in the next few months. In the course of these conferences, I'm meeting with writers who've sent pages ahead of time.
Some of the pages indicate the writer is a very very beginning writer.
Odd as it sounds, I don't have a lot of experience with writers at that stage. If they query me, it's usually a quick rejection.
And frankly, I don't want to terrify them by telling them all the things they did wrong.
What I want to do is tell them how to improve.
So, here's where you come in.
When you were starting out, what advice did you get that REALLY helped you? And I mean both helped you improve as a writer, and helped you deal with the sense of failure and frustration when you wanted to do something so bad you could taste it, and it wasn't working.