Heinlein’s rules for writing

You must write. You must finish what you start. You must refrain from rewriting except to editorial order. You must put it on the market. You must keep it on the market until sold. On Sunday when I embarked on this week’s posts, I mentioned Heinlein’s Rules for Writing , and I admit it’s prettyContinue reading “Heinlein’s rules for writing”

Writers don’t think

In the titular essay of Ray Bradbury’s book Zen in the Art of Writing, he writes of three important concepts for success: Work. Relaxation. Don’t Think. “The artist must work so hard, so long, that a brain develops and lives, all of itself, in his fingers.“So with the surgeon whose hand at last, like theContinue reading “Writers don’t think”

Writers are silly sometimes

In one of Eugene Ionesco’s most brilliant plays, everyone starts turning into rhinoceroses. In one of Franz Kafka’s most famous novellas, a man wakes up one morning to find he has turned into a giant insect overnight. What silly ideas! What classic works of art! Sometimes, you just have to let go and be silly.Continue reading “Writers are silly sometimes”

Writers write what they love

The other day in one of the Facebook groups I inhabit, someone asked, “Which one of these stories would you want to read first?” and he went through detailed descriptions of four ideas. I didn’t even read the descriptions. This was a no-brainer. Write the one that excites you the most, I said. Don’t worryContinue reading “Writers write what they love”