Rules? We don't need no stinkin' rules!

I’ve always loved Kim Carnes’ voice and this song — even though this isn’t the best version of it, it’s the only one I could find on YouTube. And, uh, Kim is 65 years old here and looks, IMHO, absolutely fabulous, so there’s something to be said for breaking the rules.

Which brings me to the main point(s) of this post:

Ten rules for writing fiction: Part One and Ten rules for writing fiction: Part TwoThe Guardian asked thirty writers for their writing do’s and don’ts.  And here they are.

Thirty writers X ten rules each = 300 writing rules!!!

(Okay, not quite 300 as some of the writers didn’t come up with ten.)   I loved reading all of them together to see the different perspectives, similarities and contradictions.  I’m going to print out both articles and highlight the rules that spark my muse, see how and if that changes over time.

In keeping with the Six Word Memoir concept (oh, we really should start doing some of these sometime, too!), here’s my distillation of the rules.

Write — for and from your soul.

What do you think?

8 comments to Rules? We don’t need no stinkin’ rules!

  • I think your rule is the only one we need.

    • Natasha

      Thank you. But I got a kick (and a couple of good insights) out of reading the rules, so I wouldn’t take my word (or my six words) for it; I still recommend reading the articles.

  • Ditto to Linda’s comment. Unless you want to wring your love of writing out of you, avoid rules other than the one you posted.

    • Natasha

      Some of the others are pretty interesting — especially where one writer swears by ‘X’ and the next swears by ‘anything except X.’

  • I love your rule, but I look forward to reading over the others. Curiosity…you know. 🙂

    And, yes, Kim looks amazing!

  • “Defend yourself. Find out what keeps you happy, motivated and creative.” – AL Kennedy

    I definitely related to this one today. However, I think I like your six words above all of the other rules/non rules that were listed.

    My six words – Quit thinking so much and write.

    • Natasha

      Oh, DS, I think the rule you came up with for yourself fits SO WELL! And I like the one from Kennedy that you picked.

      My problem (and I don’t really think ‘problem’ is the right word for either of our realities) is the reverse of yours — I just write without thinking and then wonder WTF? How did I get here? How will I get somewhere else?

      Which is sort of the story of my life, come to think about it.

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