Been looking at advice from authors on how to be an author and wonder if this translates to other artists. If we eliminate the fifty percent, and I'm being generous, who are simply quoting Stephen King and/or Neil Gaiman I find a common thread.
That commonality is not in the letter of what they say but instead the spirit. They give advice based on what they did to succeed themselves. So they are saying do it my way.
Perhaps as artists it is time we realized you should not do it my way but do it yours. Stay true to yourself, stay true to the medium, be true to the art, and always be both as honest and helpful as you can. You are sharing something, and it is something from you. Do things your way not in the footsteps of people who achieved the same goals you wish to reach. Don't change who you are unless you feel it needs to be changed.
Maybe that's just me but it seems reasonable. I don't want stale copies of authors I love. I want vibrant art that I fall in love with for its own sake. People should feel free to ignore me and imitate others. In the end that is part of doing it their way.