Write like your parents are dead.
This is a little pearl of wisdom that I see buried in almost every piece of advice handed out to beginning writers. It’s a little strange. Rather than encouraging you to have an open line of communication with your parents, a relationship not filled with shame, secrets and lies. Instead, writers want you to pretend that your parents are dead. I mean, Bruce Wayne wasn’t sitting around trying to figure out plot lines and characterizations. Bruce Wayne never agonized over what writing software would best suit his needs. He was out there symbolically avenging the untimely deaths of his parents. Kicking ass and taking names on behalf of justice. Yet this is the best advice you can give me on how to start my writing career? Pretend my parents are dead? Man, you guys are pricks.
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