Neil Gaiman’s Writing Rules

I’ve been a bit remiss in posting the last few days, but unfortunately my day job got in the way. To make it up I plan on doing one post a day for the rest of the week.

I think that setting writing goals like the one above is an important part of getting a writing routine in place. The important part is to make it realistic and achievable. It’s also important to give yourself a break if you don’t quite meet your goal. Beating yourself up too much is a surefire to get discouraged.

Ruthanne Reid over at the The Write Practice recently wrote a great post about Neil Gaiman’s Eight Rules of Writing. Gaiman is a terrific author and you know how much I like reading advice on writing from from successful writers.

The whole post is well worth the read. Gaiman offers straight forward and practical advice, but what I especially enjoyed was Ruthanne’s commentary on the rules. In particular I like how she expanded on Gaiman’s eighth rule:

Write it honestly and tell it as best you can.

That means the best you can at that moment in time. You owe no apologies for whatever you create. Sure, you’ll write better later; that doesn’t make what you did before embarrassing in any way. It was what you had to give at the time.

She’s absolutely right when she says that you owe no apologies for whatever you create. Your writing is your own so set your goals, start writing, and remember that the only person you’re truly accountable for your work is you.

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