It's snowing right now. Proof? The sweat stains under my arms from shoveling sidewalks.
That has nothing to do with today's post. Neither does the title. What I want to talk about is fads and peer pressure.
I tend to walk to the beat of my own bagpiper. I wear mismatched socks--inside out, of course--and my hair has been dyed numerous colors in the past. "I, Rebel" could have been my slogan as a teen--though, in a well-behaved sense of the word.
Who cares what they think? Right?
One definition of a fad: "A passing fashion or fancy imposed upon by groups, nurtured and fortified by peer pressure." (HiTops. Great play. Anyone seen it?)
Peer pressure. It can be good. (Oh!) But it can also be bad. (Oh.) Very bad. (Yeck!)
So, how can you tell what fads in writing are good and which are bad? My answer: don't write for the fads. They come and go. WRITE WHAT YOU WANT TO WRITE.
As for peer pressure...
Bad: A group insists that semi-colons are the new full stop. You follow this advice--and many editors die a little inside.
Good: I'm writing today. You should write today, too! Even a sentence will suffice!
Bad: I wrote five-thousand words today. I know I have flexible hours and you barely have enough time to breathe, but you must write 5k as well, or else you are a bad writer.
Not that anyone (I hope) would come out and say the last bit, but you might feel like a bad writer if you can't keep up with other's goals/ideals/routines.
Again it comes back to: BE WHAT YOU ARE.
... But also be open to healthy change ;-)