When I was a freshman in college, I had to read a book for a class about writing. The author would share stuff, like how she carries paper with her everywhere because she never knows when inspiration would hit and how she must write those idea gems down before she forgets them. Although the book is a well-reviewed writing book, I remember finishing the book back then feeling uninspired by much of the writing advice.
In past years, I find I've been carrying more blank paper in my handbag to jot down notes about stuff I could work into my fiction. I know many writers do this already but I still attribute this habit to the book I read back in college. It's a small habit to keep, but a useful one. It's interesting how advice I discarded years ago has come in handy once I realized what I needed to do (not what I wanted to do) to become a published author.
I wonder if I might come away with more if I were to read that writing book again, now as an adult.
What writing advice have you once discarded that you later adopted? What writing books do you like?