Aspiring writers, are you bemused, befuddled, begloomed by all the conflicting advice given by the pros? Take John Barth’s advice instead:
You shouldn’t pay very much attention to anything writers say. They don’t know why they do what they do. They’re like good tennis players or good painters, who are just full of nonsense, pompous and embarrassing, or merely mistaken, when they open their mouths.
George Plimpton, The Writer’s Chapbook, 304