Fiction Writer Rules to Live By

These are “Fiction Writer Rules to Live By” that I’ve learnt from various books that I read.

Read. (Read as much as you can both the good stuff and the bad and learn what made them good or bad so that you do or don’t make the same mistakes)

Pick a time for writing. (And stick to it. Don’t let anything else interrupt you: phones, twitter, facebook, family, friends, it doesn’t matter. Write and do nothing else.)

Research and Plot out you story. (Know where you’d like your story to go from beginning to end.)

Don’t copy another writer’s style. (Don’t take readers for fools. They’ll know when your imitating another writer. Find your own voice and stick to it.)

Copyright your stuff. (Enough said)

Know that Market and Genre you want to break into. (See whats bestselling and adapt)

Backup your writing! (There is nothing worse that having days, weeks, lives, worth of writing lost. Make copies and keep them everywhere.(safely of course).

Market yourself and your writing. (Even before your first book is out you should be putting yourself out there: join groups, enter contest, blog, attend events, meet authors, talk to people. Make yourself know in the writers community)

Never send in anything but your best. (You want editors and publishers to see your best work. No one will publish second best.)

WRITE! (You can’t send in a blank page, You can’t edit a blank page. Write then write some more and worry about the rest later.)


In the end, find a system that works for you. Find your niche, work hard and stick to it.

 ❤ As always, thanks for reading! 

What writing rules do you live by?

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  1. Thank you for these! I especially like/need number two, because for me, at least, it’s so hard to do! When I need to do other things I feel like I could write for years, but as soon as I sit down to write my eyes unfocus and my brain darts everywhere.

    Thanks also for following my blog. I appreciate it so much!

  2. #10 says it all. I end up thinking about writing, telling myself when I will write, scheduling it – but never actually writing. Okay and #7 is super important too – even if you think you’ll never need it, it’s drivel and useless – you will need it and will be kicking yourself in the butt for not keeping it.

    I love your blog – looking forward to reading more!

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