Friday, October 14, 2011

The Ten Commandments of a Writer

I was so busy this week (tweaking my book) that I forgot to write my usual writing related post. I do have a few serious posts planned, but I had no time to write them down. So, I decided we can all have a little fun. I am sure we have earned it.

If there were ten commandments for a writer, what do you all think they would be? I have compiled a small list. According to me a writer’s ten commandments would be:
              
                 1. Thou shall not covet thy neighbour’s or another writer's character/story/book/agent.

                 2. Thou shall only worship one God: thy muse.Thou should love and respect it.

                 3. Thou shall consider one’s writing time holy and sacred and not spoil it with 
                     distractions that come in the form of Facebook, Twitter and Cell phones.

                  4. Thou shall honour one’s Characters and Plot.

                  5. Thou shall believe in Revisions, Revisions and more Revisions.

                  6. Thou shall adopt atleast two Crit Partners before unleashing one’s book on   
                      the unsuspecting readers.

                  7. Thou shall avoid clich├ęs and stereotypes.

                  8.  Thou shall love thy Manuscript and believe in it inspite of the rejections
                       piling up.

                  9.  Thou shall not try to kill thy readers with boredom. Thou shall come up with 
                       original plots and characters that will interest readers.

10.    Thou shall not curse agents or wish them evil in case of rejections.

  What are your writing/writer commandments? Any new commandment you would like to share with us? Is  there any commandment that you have ignored. I have been guilty of ignoring all the commandments at some time or the other. Please share your writing sins with us.




29 comments:

gargimehra said...

This is great, Rachna! I remember writing my own list of ten commandments a year ago. Let me go forth and dig it out!

Laura Pauling said...

Love these. I would add. Thou shall not let rejections get you so down it affects your writing. Don't take it personally. Take it as feedback!

Laura Marcella said...

Awesome, Rachna! Love #9! I did a 10 Commandments post a couple months ago and mine are a little different: http://lauramarcella.blogspot.com/2011/08/5-for-friday-x2-ten-commandments-for.html

Reading a lot and being sure to take a break in order to "fill up the well" are good commandments for writers, too! Have a great weekend. :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I like #9!
Visiting you from Stephen Tremp's blog today.

Lydia Kang said...

Another fantastic post. I couldn't keep you all to myself and I highlighted your blog on my post today. Go check it out!

http://bit.ly/nIgjRa

Stephen Tremp said...

Fun post. Thanks for the list. Like Lydia, I also highlighted your blog today. You deserve it. Have a great weekend!

Mark Noce said...

Lol, awesome! I like the 9th commandment especially...don't bore your readers:)

SBJones said...

Thou shall not edit or revise until the first draft is done.

Thou shall plant thy buttocks in chair until the first draft is done.

Rachna Chhabria said...

@ Gargi...I would love to read your ten commandments.

@ Laura Pauling...its nice to meet you. Not letting rejections affect our writing is the best gift we can give ourselves.

@ Laura Marcella...I am going to check out your ten commandments. Yes, reading a lot, should be on the list.

@ Diane..nice to meet you.

@ Lydia and Stephen..I am glad I met the two of you. You two are absolutely adorable. Hugs to both of you. Thanks for the shout out.

@ Mark....the 9th commandment is my favourite too.

@ SBJones...completely agree with both your commandments.

Anu said...

Nice one!!! If I was writer , I would have broke 3rd for sure

Kenda Turner said...

Love this list, Rachna! I would add, Thou shalt WRITE. I say this because the day has gotten away from me and I haven't written one word yet :-(

Have a great weekend!

Rachit said...

knowledge :)

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The Golden Eagle said...

That's an excellent list!

Rahul Bhatia said...

so well written, Rachna! Your word is my command!!!

Hilary said...

Hi Rachna .. I think I probably need to get my life in order and write my own 10 commandments for getting that done .. thanks for the push! Cheers and good to meet you - I came over from Stephen's blog .. Hilary

http://www.positiveletters.com

Nicole Zoltack said...

Awesome post, I absolutely loved it! I'm here because of Lydia and am now following you. :)

Medeia Sharif said...

This is an awesome list. I'd follow these commandments.

I'm a new follower from Lydia's blogfest.

Janet Johnson said...

Number 3 for sure! Perhaps, Thou shalt set a writing goal and stick to it. :)

J.L. Campbell said...

Good commandment's Rachna. One of mine is to never forget the sensory details. I'm running behind on my visits. Gotta come back and check out the two posts below. Have a great weekend.

J.C. Martin said...

Love it, especially #1!

J.C.

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Ciara said...

I came over from Lydia's blog. Thanks for your encouraging words about my new release. I'm following you now.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Love these commandments. I've getting better with #3. :D

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Apparently I'm not too hot at editing my comments. Good thing that wasn't a commandment. ;)

Lynda R Young said...

lol, #9 is awesome.

Karen Lange said...

You make some good points, Rachna. I think a set of guidelines can be a big help to stay focused.

Terri Tiffany said...

Oh those horrid cliches --they get me every book.

cherie said...

LOLOLOL!! This is so awesome and so funny! Loved it!

XD

Krispy said...

These are awesome! I always break the no-distractions one though. :/

rebeccaberto said...

I found this post through Gargi's WordPress blog. I said, "How weird that we both posted on the same type of thing at the same time!" Although, I named my post 'The 10 editing commandments'. Check it out here: http://rebeccaberto.wordpress.com/2011/11/30/the-10-editing-commandments/