It depends on what it is. If it's at the expense of someone else I dont pursue it. If it's beneficial for myself and/or others I'll stop at nothing. I have lied and manipulated in the past but I don't misalign myself with truth if possible.
What advice would you give to a new writer?
Own the fact that you will write crap to begin with and even as you progress, accept it as part of growing
learn how to critique writing and explain the specifics of what does and doesnít work for you, it will give you insights you donít realise are there until theyíre articulated.
Seperate critique of your work from emotional or personal attack on you the writer. Most people who comment want to help not tear you down, so accept it in good faith
Learn from critique but donít be afraid to stand by your writing because some critique will help you understand why you wrote what you did and why it should stay as it is. This will help your poetic voice and confidence in how you write and why.
Not every critic is right and poetic subjectivity is different for all but if three or more writers comment on specifics that should be changed do well to heed the advice.
Have fun with words, writing properly is work but the joy of creating something is worth the endeavour
Read, read, read!
Anything I forgot