The Rules

Imma make my own rules.

I was reading a list of 42 Writer’s Rules for Writing which comes to quite a lot of rules when you figure that each writer has their own set of 6-12 commandments; except for Kerouac who is being Extra, as usual.

But anyway it got me thinking about my own rules so I thought I would write them down. These aren’t rules I’d foist on anybody else; they’re just the ones that I personally try to use.

  1. Done is better than good – get it on paper first, take the suck out of it later.
  2. Knock against the project every day until it’s done– you don’t have to write a lot, it doesn’t have to be good, and there’s no set amount of time you have to look at it, but at least open it and look at it and fiddle with the buttons and knobs for a while.
  3. When it’s done, celebrate – even if it’s just a draft. It’s never *really* done, but celebrate the benchmarks.
  4. Have an opinion – this isn’t science or international diplomacy.
  5. Feed the muses – two pages, front and back, handwritten, every time you feel uninspired.
  6. Make Choices – with a capital C. Prepare to stand by them.
  7. Word good – Use whatever vocabulary you want – big words, small words, whatever, see: Make Choices.
  8. If you get stuck mid-scene, delete the last 1-2 sentences. Works every goddamn time.
  9. If the scene isn’t working change where it takes place. Not sure why this works but it does.
  10. Just write the thing – and don’t be precious about it.

Those would be my personal guidelines, anyway.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on July 24, 2019.

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