And I have to say that this is not the case.
Now, before you start to freak out here, take a deep breath and listen.
First of all, these techniques you hear writers talk about as being successful DO work! They aren't necessarily wrong. But here is the twist. Those techniques worked for them with that specific book.
Secondly, these techniques may work for your story or the techniques may horribly ruin your story.
What writers seem to fail to realize is that every story, every project, every query, every synopsis will be different. As a writer, you have to stop and ask if the technique or writing device you want to use will actually work for that individual story. This would include:
- Do I need a prologue? An Epilogue?
- Should I write it in 1st person? 3rd person?
- Do I start the chapter with narration or dialogue?
- Do I alternate characters for each chapter?
- Should my query letter begin or end with the basics about my story (title, genre and word count)?
Don't discount what these other authors are saying when it comes to what works and doesn't work. Listen to them. Learn from them. Store those ideas in your writer's toolkit. But only pull out those tools when you need them.