But as I learn and grow, some of those topics I've written on before I've changed my mind about. I'll give you two examples below.
I used to tell beginning writers that it didn't matter what you titled your story. Nine times out of ten, the editor will change it anyway. While I have had a few editors change titles, I've realized from experience that deciding what to title the story is more important than what I originally made it seem. I learned this because of a novel I wrote several years ago. I titled it "Bella Mae" before the whole Twilight thing exploded. By querying a novel with the name "Bella" in the title after Twilight, it made me look like I was feeding into the whole Twilight frenzy. Since I changed the title, I've gotten a more positive response with my queries.
Once upon a time, I was certain there was one particular way to write a query letter. No other substitution was acceptable. The more research I did on the subject, though, the more I discovered how very wrong that line of thinking was.
Read this post that I wrote a few months ago that touches on that subject slightly. It has occurred to me over the last year or so that with every agent or editor comes their own line of thinking when it comes to what should be included in a query letter and how it should be set up. Now I'm not even gonna dive into how terrible this is to a writer who isn't naturally a salesman (it's just one thing out of many that is unfair) because I'm afraid I might start whining. But suffice it to say that while I still read query advice, ultimately, I have to go with what works for me and not do the 20 million things that everyone else thinks I should do. (You can also use the previous sentence in the context of general fiction writing, too.)
I'm constantly learning and growing, as should all writers. What things have you changed your mind about since you began writing?