Ten Commandments of Writing
I think we had a thread like this once. Can't find it.
What are some important, non-generic rules you follow when writing? Advice you'd give yourself if you could take your own advice, which isn't always possible?
1. Temper cruelty with moral uprightness. Be cruel to the world, but kind to your characters. Be kind to your readers, but cruel to your characters. Be cruel to your readers, but have the world's best interests at heart.
2. A safe guideline for rule-breaking is: For every four literary conventions you follow, break one. Too little rebellion is as boring as too much. Break this rule as well, but not just for the sake of breaking it.
3. Try writing in response to another novel. The dialogue between the two could amount to something greater than either.
4. Read some of the world's great aphorists. An aphorism, when it's well crafted, contains good lessons in writing.
5. If you are not arrogant enough to want to surpass your inspirations, and if you aren't humble enough to accept the help it takes to get there, you may be boring.
6. Read good literary criticism. Try your hand at the art of writing about sophisticated concepts accessibly. It helps.
7. Recoil in horror every once in a while. Be amazed. Get your feelings hurt. Regret something new.
8. Hate other writers but help them however you can. A good degree of competition always helps, but being too eager to win rots your soul. Spread the love even as you envy the successful and mock the weak. Everything should even out.
9. If you don't write, you are not technically a writer. It's not about setting routines so much as getting something done. If routines help, wonderful. If you prefer to write on the spur of the moment, do it. Nobody cares how much you fart in the process, as long as in the end the work gets done.
10. What does it mean to ask questions?
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