Writing like any other profession has certain rules which writers should and must follow. I have made a list of commandments every writer should follow.
1. I shall not write to suit trends. Trends come and go. But the story in my heart that drives my passion, will endure.
2. I will not copy or lift ideas from another writer. I will work on my own ideas and if by chance I choose a theme/story/idea that has been done by other writers, I will give it my individual twist.
3. I will make Google my best friend and do all my research honestly and to the best of my ability.
4. I will worship my muse. Whenever the muse appears, I will pay him/her undivided attention and write. Maybe even offer ice-creams and chocolates and whichever other bribes work.
5. I will not stalk editors or agents on any Social-Networking platforms. Or act clingy by liking all their statuses and pictures. Or offer them home-cooked meals or pick and drop their children from school. Rather, I will ensure my writing is good enough to get me noticed.
6. I will get a critique group or maybe a couple of critique partners as critiquing is the easiest and the best way to grow as a writer, both giving as well as receiving critiques.
7. I will revise my manuscript until the Gods of Revision get bored of me and beg me to let them go.
8. I will be nice to other writers by buying their books: to read as well as give away as gifts, as this is good for the publishing industry. I will not invite bad karma by trashing their stories in my reviews.
9. I will expand my horizon by reading books. I will read atleast a dozen odd books in a year.
10. I will become a member of atleast one library in my area.
11. I will not be a sulky, grumpy writer who bad-mouths editors and agents who reject my manuscript/s or write nasty letters to them.
Any commandments you all want to add?