I'm fed up of it, and lately I find myself shying away a little even from the gentlest of advice. Please don't misunderstand me: I don't consider myself to be a good writer, and I don't know if I ever will be - I'm a natural pessimist, after all - but part of the satisfaction that I derive from trying to improve is doing so without other people's shortcuts.
I suppose that one of the things I fear is that if I read too much of the 'how to' articles or too many 'nine things you need to do to be a successful author' kind of blog posts, I will begin to lose who my writing persona is - and the development of my writing is, I think, ultimately about the journey of discovering just exactly what that is. I don't want someone else's voice in my head; I want to write how I think - while somehow making it intelligible for the reader or else it's all a waste of time, really - not how I am encouraged to write, or advised to write, or worst of all: expected to write.
I'm sure that this could be interpreted in some circles as a kind of arrogance, but I would strenuously argue that point. I don't think that I am superior (in fact I lean towards the opposite), but I write because I enjoy it, and because it is a very personal activity, I will write my way or no way. I don't wish to be categorized or groomed or shaped for a market.
I suspect that, like the overwhelming majority of people who write books (note the plural: I'm determined not to stop at one book), I will never sell a great many copies, and will never be widely known, but thankfully fame and fortune is not why I do it. I will never - as the internet scholars would have me do - write for an audience; I will merely write my stuff.
One day I will be gone, but I will leave behind some large fragments of who I was, so that those that knew me can remember, and those who follow me may discover a little about their ancestor. I dearly wish any of my ancestors had done something similar.