Chad’s 10 Random Rules of Writing

randomlychad  —  April 5, 2012 — 8 Comments

There are a number of things knocking around in my grey space today, and what finally bubbled to the surface was this:

“Chad’s 10 Random Rules of Writing”

1) Love the language–it matters. It matters a great deal; even so:

2) Keep it simple–less is more. It is often better to imply a thing than to just come right out and say it; despite this:

3) Be direct, and:

4) Write what you know, but even so:

5) Don’t make experience a chain that constrains your imagination–let it fly free, and:

6) Follow your folly, but remember:

7) “Life is not a support system for art; it’s the other way around.” –Stephen King, On Writing

8) Have a support system in place, and try to always:

9) Write in the same space; lastly:

10) Know where, when, and how to throw the rules out the window. Like this:



How about you? What are some writing rules you live by?




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  • Write.
    Write a lot.
    Write what you know.
    Write what you love.
    Read a a lot.

  • ShandaSargent

    I’ve only been writing for a little over a year. Rules? Are there supposed to be rules? I have none. *gasp* I am sure I break every blogging rule in the book. I write when God stirs my heart to write. So, if I have any rule at all, that is it. Write what DAD tells me to write. I just don’t know how to do it any other way…. 🙂

    • That’s a good one!

      Whenever I sit down to write, my prayer is always the same:

      Father, guide me, and give me words that have the impact of lightning (& not lightning bugs).

      (That’s a Mark Twain thing: “The difference between the right word, and almost the right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug”).

      Keep listening, Shanda!

  • Write what you want to write. Don’t look around at the market and try to figure out what is selling. Your idea may be the new best thing, it may not, but it is yours, so write it. If Bob Dylan had studied market analysis on his audience before going electric, this would have never happened.

    • Good advice! God only made one of each of us, and we gotta go with what moves us.

      And how meta! Was just commenting on your unbeardedness!

  • Ricky Anderson

    Write quickly, before the boss sees.

    • There’s that, too (but that’s what bathrooms are for).