the six writing ‘rules’

Copied from the piece of lined paper taped beside my computer. They help me.

1. Let bad stuff happen.

2. If it sucks, write it anyway.

3. Make every scene go somewhere.
3.1. Surprises are a good thing. Don’t make your outline a Bible.
3.2. No, you don’t need to know where you’re going.
3.3. The enemy’s gate is down.

4. Rediculous is fine.
4.1. “You were once pushed headfirst through someone’s vagina. Why are you acting so dignified?” (Shamelessly lifted from XKCD.)

5. When painted into a corner, break a window.

6. Rules are evil. Pay them no attention.

evil resolution list

176. I will add indelible dye to the moat. It won’t stop anyone from swimming across, but even dim-witted guards should be able to figure out when someone has entered in this fashion.

I’m almost certain that this has been seen by most writers, but on the off-chance someone has not, take a look at the Evil Overlord’s resolution list. It’s a hysterical read. 🙂