2) Thou shalt not write untruth of any likeness or form, and shall not serve it, but write only what thou knowest and lovest, for words, the seat of truth, are jealous words. Words shall show mercy unto those who worship them.
4) Thou shalt take your outside life to be holy and shalt not be a recluse, unless thou art currently writing. Then, thou must keep the writing day holy. For the writer hast blest life for the conception of ideas and brilliance.
5) Thou shalt honor the professionalism of writing, that thy career may be long and blessed.
6) Thou shalt drive thy characters crazy.
7) Thou shalt leave out those pesky love triangles, unless thou hast a totally new take on them.
8) Thou shalt be determined and persistent.
9) Thou shalt not edit when thou art still writing the story.
10) Thou shalt not covet thy neighbors' writing, not grammar, nor plot, nor character, nor worldbuilding, unless thou can use it to make thy writing better.
But of course, thou shalt remember that rules in artistic endeavors are meant to be broken. Above all, stay truth to thineself.
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