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The Author’s 10 Commandments

  1. Thou shalt write!
  2. Thou shalt read (and read widely).
  3. Thou shalt secure buttocks to a chair for at least an hour a day.
  4. Thou must survive on caffeine and obstinacy.
  5. Thou shalt not rely on adverbs.
  6. Thou shalt show not tell.
  7. Thou shalt expect the first draft to be a mess!
  8. Thou shalt not rely on cliches!
  9. Honour thy audience.
  10. Thou shalt not commit the crime of verbiage (unless you’re an academic – then you just can’t help yourself).

(Bonus Extra: Thou shalt not worry about all of the rules because some rules were made to be broken!)

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