1. Write all the time...even when you are not writing
2. Write for the passion, not for the profit
3. Respect the writers who came before you, even those you do not like
4. Revere the act of reading
5. Give credit to the reader [also known as, "Show, don't tell!"]
6. Edit ruthlessly; learn to kill your darlings
7. Travel along your own path, mobilizing your own ideas
8. Discover your unique storytelling voice
9. Tell stories that are honest and ever-full of truth
10. Aim to say something no one has ever said before
I imagine there are plenty of "Ten Commandments of Writing" lists floating around the Internet, and perhaps you have read every one of them already. As for myself, I decided to compose this list without any external influence.
These are my Ten Commandments of Writing. Perhaps they are similar to everything else out there. Perhaps they are different.
I wrote a post a couple weeks ago about the value of having a Mission Statement for your writing. I feel it is equally important to understand and follow certain rules of being a Writer.
These are my Ten Commandments. What are (some of, or all of) yours?
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