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    2006 - 10.22

    Cross-posted from MySpace:

    In the coming weeks, I’ll be posting various bits of wisdom that Kevin and I offer in our writing workshop (Writing 201: Things I Wish Some Pro Had Told Me). Most of the advice applies perfectly well to art, acting, computer programming — whatever your field is. Just replace a word or two, and you’re good to go.

    For now, I’ll start where we always start, with the classic writing advice of Robert A. Heinlein. Read it.

    Heinlein’s Rules of Writing
    1) You must write.
    2) You must finish what you write.
    3) You must refrain from rewriting, except to editorial order.
    4) You must put the work on the market.
    5) You must keep the work on the market until it is sold.

    Kevin’s addendum to Heinlein’s Rules
    6) Repeat from step one.

    That’s the foundation. If you’re looking for advice on being a writer and you’re not following the classic advice, start now! Remember, a writer writes.

    Until next time.



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