Rules for writing I wrote in undergrad.

“It is not necessary to accept the choices handed down to you by life as you know it” -Hunter S Thompson.

  1. Write what is hardest to get out.
  2. Don’t start editing until you’ve finished getting down the story.
  3. Write when you can but as often as possible.
  4. If you’re not going to write today the least you could do is read today.
  5. Notice details about the people you come into contact with throughout the day.
  6. Carry around something to write in or on at all times. (Phone is okay but notebook is better)
  7. Write down ideas even if you think it’s so good you’ll remember it later, because you’re not really going to remember it later.
  8. Writing is important but it’s not so important that you’re unhappy trying to become the writer you’d like to be.
  9. Don’t settle for a job you hate just because you’ve earned a writing degree. You can write every day for the rest of your life and never get paid for it before you do that.
  10. Break rules.
  11. Hear what others are saying but pay attention to how they say it as well. The more you understand language from the perspective of others the more natural and relatable your characters will be.  

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