Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Ten Commandments of Writing

Disclaimer:  No Sacrilege Intended

1.  Thou shalt carry a notebook in thy pocket or purse at all times. Thee never knoweth when a good idea for a story will presenteth itself.

2.  Thou shalt doest careful research when writing about a subject thee knowest naught about or a time period in which thee hast not actually lived. (Thee canst not fool the savvy reader!)

3.  Thou shalt write by the seat of thy pants if it workest well for thee--or planneth much or little—thee knowest how thee writest best.

4.  Thou shalt not utter vain and foolish words like, "My muse hath deserted me" or "Yay, I am not inspired" or "Writers Block hath crept in to torment me." (Getteth over thyself.)

5.  Thou shalt not write that with which thee is not comfortable but rather be true to thyself.

6.  Thou shalt not fear hitting the delete key on that which is not working.

7.  Thou shalt understand that a first draft stinketh.

8.  Thou shalt not search vainly for 'voice'. Dost thou not speak in thine own voice? Dost it not follow thee shalt write in the same?

9.  Thou shalt takest all writing advice with a grain of salt--preferably two grains.

10. Thou shalt understand rules are madest to be broken, not to stuntest a writer's progress.

Keepeth these commandments and findest joy in all thy writing undertakings!

(I've seen many versions of the Ten Commandments of Writing, but these are original with me.)

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