I realized yesterday as I was thrashing around in one chapter in “1787,” I had opened with a journal entry, and that “first person” perspective helped better illuminate what happened immediately afterwards in the narrative. I’d stumbled on that approach by accident and it seemed to work. I may do more of it.
Or I may not. Or I may revise it. I’ll see how it goes in the months to come.
The web is full of authors offering writing advice. I’ve encountered them like you have. My best advice based on what I’ve learned: Don’t listen too much to other authors who tell you how to write.
I reached this point via history, not majoring in English literature or writing for a college newspaper. Every author gets to his/her writing having traveled a different life path beforehand. If you write, chances are what led you to write is almost certainly not the same thing that has led me to do so.
As long as you are writing in a way that’s understandable to readers and engages them, craft your tale the way you best see fit. There are certain grammar and style fundamentals others can share, yes, but in the end someone else can’t really tell you how to write your story. You need to figure it out for yourself.
So be careful when asking other authors for an opinion. It being “human nature,” they may well drift into giving you writing advice that justifies how they themselves write. That might be great for them, but it won’t necessarily work for you.
Have a good day, wherever you are in the world. 🙂