15 Commandments for Writers

Written By: Bill Walker - Dec• 22•10

Focus on Your Writing

The Sacramento Suburban Writers Club wants to help you write and publish your book. As such I thought this list of 15 Commandments for Writers would be a great early post on the club’s website. I have posted these on my website and at the time did not know who the original author was, but now I do. Wes (former club president) sent me a link to Amazon where the book can be purchased. They are from a book about Mystery writing. Each one is followed by a short paragraph explaining more details. The book is You Can Write a Mystery by Gillian Roberts.

As you set your writing goals for the new year (2011), stop and think about this list of commandments for writers. Which one(s) do you need to work on?

  1. Thou shalt think like a professional, starting now.
  2. Thou shalt begin and keep going till you’re through.
  3. Thou shalt take your efforts and desires seriously.
  4. Thou shalt call it work.
  5. Thou shalt write for yourself, not the market.
  6. Thou shalt not wait for visits from the muse.
  7. Thou shalt not ask whether you are good enough.
  8. Thou shalt not intimidate yourself by comparing your writing with a published and polished work.
  9. Thou shalt not worry whether your idea is new enough.
  10. Thou shalt not talk your idea away.
  11. Thou shalt not self-censor at all during the first draft.
  12. Thou shalt not risk writer’s paralysis by looking for the precise word or being afraid of sounding dumb.
  13. Thou shalt not believe that if writing is hard, you must be no good.
  14. Thou shalt not set yourself up for failure with impossible goals.
  15. Thou shalt not believe in writer’s block.

I hope you find these useful as you write your next book. There has never been a better time to pursue your dream to be a published. Your fans are waiting to read your next book.

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