I’ve seen this article doing the rounds again!

Having written for a while, I thought I’d come up with my own rules. They will of course change given what kind of day you catch me on, but here they are today 😛 And I promise I’m probably just writing this to myself, rather than to anyone specific. If it feels otherwise, maybe it’s good writing 😛

  1. Get out the house and hang out with people. This addresses many of the needs you might be trying to fulfill through writing. It also solves many different problems that your brain tells you are are very important and tailored to your unique fingerprint of shame, to your unique importance. Which is bullshit. The more you reveal this to yourself, the easier it will be to see through.
  2. Chill out. Lots of writing exists and will exist without you. It’s not that you’re not needed, but you don’t matter as much as it can sometimes feel like you do. Feeling very important, from my experience, doesn’t result in good material anyway.
  3. Go to a therapist. The art, of anyone who suffered for it, also suffered.
  4. Follow what interests you and what gives you energy. Express yourself.
  5. Listen to bad music while writing, to tune out the part of you that wants to criticise what you put on the page. I like 90s techno 🙂
  6. If a perfectionist offers to collaborate with you, send them to your therapist.
  7. I don’t want to talk to you while you’re drunk, high or on any kind of drugs. What makes you think I want to read your writing about it?
  8. Writing has nothing to do with “assuming the identity of a writer.” If anything, it might be contrary to assuming that identity.
  9. I know the story feels amazing in your head but it’s not doing anyone any good in there. Get it out, where it is less amazing but at least actually exists.
  10. Remember: you don’t have to do this.