These so-called rules, adapted from the ones I crafted for my book on writing/creativity, The Voice of the Muse: Answering the Call to Write, are intentionally similar to my other set of "rules," for living.
They're similar because I believe that the same precepts that can guide us to more creative, imaginative, expressive, passion-filled and spontaneous writing and artistry apply equally to living a more creative, imaginative, expressive, passion-filled and spontaneous life.
There are no rules: How can there be when creativity is all about breaking new ground and breaking old rules?
Be in the moment: Focus only on the word you're writing. The next one will come if you don't worry about it.
Trust the voice of your Muse without judgment or censorship. It's smarter than you are and knows the story better than you ever will.
Be vulnerable: Write from a place of powerful emotion, especially the one you'd rather not write about.
Love yourself and your words...every draft.
Don't force your words into the straitjacket of your preconceptions and expectations. Free them to take on the form that is theirs.
If you're feeling stuck, keep your pen moving. Write anything!
Always go with first thoughts. Second-thoughts are self-censoring thoughts.
You're not in charge, so get out of the way and let your story have its way with you.
Write: Commit to yourself as the writer you are.
Set easy goals and meet them. Set yourself up for success not for failure.
Empower yourself: This is your creative journey. Don't let anyone else take charge of it.
There are no rules. None. Never.
Click here to read my "rules" for living. You'll find a more detailed version of the writing rules in The Voice of the Muse: Answering the Call to Write and on The Voice of the Muse Companion: Guided Meditations for Writers.
• Artwork -- #1 Mark David's hand, standing in for that of Old Toshar in the The MoonQuest; #2 The Elderbard's scroll in The MoonQuest book, designed by Angela Farley; #3 The Muse in The Voice of the Muse: Answering the Call to Write, designed by Richard Crookes.