The Only Twelve and a Half Writing Rules You Will Ever Need

  1. If you write every day, you get better at writing every day.
  2. If it is boring to you, it is boring to your reader.
  3. Get a writing routine and stick with it.
  4. Poetry does not have to rhyme. Poetry does not have to rhyme.
  5. Resist stereotypes in your writing and in your life.
  6. Writers read. Writers read a lot. Writers read all the time.
  7. Make lists of your favorite words and books and places and things.
  8. There doesn’t always have to be a moral to the story.
  9. Always bring your notebook. Always bring a spare pen.
  10. Go for walks.   Pull weeds.  Do the dishes.  Write about it.
  11. Don’t settle on just one style. Try something new.
  12. Learn to tell both sides of the story.

½. Stop looking at this poster.  Write something!

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