I have a theory. I reckon every writer has learned something for themselves nobody would ever have thought to teach them in the first place. Maybe you have more than one of these unique writing tips, but if you've been writing more than a couple of years I bet you have at least one somewhere.
So here is my tip for you; something that has been a painful lesson to me over the last year or so:
Do not reference Rick Astley in your writing.
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Seriously. I made the mistake of referencing him in one of my short stories. I've been fiddling with the story off and on for a year or so - never quite sure what I wanted to do with it or what needed fixing to make it work - and EVERY time I so much as open the word document a song starts up in a loop in my head. Altogether now... "Never gonna give you up/ Never gonna let you down..." I'd take that bit out, but it's too late, the damage has been done. Yes friends, I managed to Rickroll myself.
Come on then - what unexpected lessons have you learned from your writing?
[And for anybody who has found this blog by googling 'unique writing tips', hoping for something a bit more helpful here are three for free. These aren't unique but, hey, people have been writing for thousands of years, what were you expecting? 1) Check every adverb. Absolutely 100% vital? If not, cut it. 2) Can you imagine a real person actually speaking your dialogue? 3) Your first draft is not good enough. Whoever you are. It's not.]