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Are There Rules for Writers?

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This list of top Rules for Writers was copied from Erica Jong’s official Web site. I’m on a little bit of an Erica Jong roll, as she was our Woman Who Rocks on September 2.

Erica, I hope you don’t mind that I’m sharing your writing rules. These rules are just too much fun and such good advice that I really wanted to share them. By the way, you don’t have to be writing a novel for this to apply; it can go for any kind of writing.

Erica’s 20 Rules for Writers

1. Have faith, not cynicism

2. Dare to dream

3. Take your mind off publication

4. Write for joy

5. Get the reader to turn the page

6. Forget politics (let your real politics shine through)

7. Forget intellect

8. Forget ego

9. Be a beginner

10. Accept change

11. Don’t think your mind needs altering

12. Don’t expect approval for telling the truth—

(Parents, politicians, colleagues, friends, etc.)

13. Use everything

14. Remember that writing is heroism

15. Let sex (the body, the physical world) in!

16. Forget critics

17. Tell your truth, not the world’s

18. Remember to be earthbound

19. Remember to be wild!

20. Write for the child (in yourself and others)

There are no rules

Erica Jong

Thanks, Erica, for daring me to dream. I’m going to print these out and tape them to my wall as I continue to write my Web novel, No Songs for Men. I promise to be wild and to write for joy, and the part about being a beginner will not be an issue!

Because there are no rules for writers, do you have any good tips or suggestions for writing? If so, please share in a comment below.

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» Ingridcf said: { Sep 17, 2010 - 9:54 AM }

I will definitely keep these in mind. I have come to the conclusion that I'm really writing more for myself and it's only fun if others read it.

» Maria @ MariaMedia said: { Sep 17, 2010 - 11:51 AM }

Ingrid keep writing! Do you have a blog that I can visit to read your work? I'd like to read it and make it more fun for you!