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Robert Heinlein's Rules For Writing Success

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message 1: by Nick (last edited Nov 18, 2011 12:33PM) (new)

Nick (whyzen) | 1295 comments Neil Gaiman referred to these rules when someone asked his advice for aspiring new writers. Thought I'd post them up for those participating in NaNoWriMo.

Found them on Robert Sawyer's blog.
http://www.sfwriter.com/ow05.htm

Rule One: You Must Write

Rule Two: Finish What You Start

Rule Three: You Must Refrain From Rewriting, Except to Editorial Order

Rule Four: You Must Put Your Story on the Market

Rule Five: You Must Keep it on the Market until it has Sold

Rule Six: Start Working on Something Else

Sawyer goes into greater detail explaining some of the rules. Sawyer's post is a interesting read.


message 2: by Tamahome (new)

Tamahome | 6255 comments I think Gaiman once said something like this to Brian K. Vaughan, both the best and worst advice in the world:

"The best way to improve your writing is to get published. Then you'll be so worried about what people think, that you'll be forced to work at it."


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