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sartorias has been writing some things on writing rules. If you're not reading her (Sherwood Smith), you should be, because she has a great little salon going on her LJ.

I am so totally inexperienced as a writer that it's sheer audacity for me to come up with rules. But I do have some beliefs I've come to in the past few years. I'm going to put them down and see how I feel about them in a year or two:

1. Word count means nothing if you're going to throw it away.

2. Write when you're ready to say what you're saying.

3. Write only what you know, even when you don't know how you know it.

4. No amount of hard work can take the place of inspiration. No amount of inspiration will take the place of hard work. It's either both or nothing.

5. No amount of polishing and fact-checking will make a boring story readable, but interesting story can get away with murder.

6. It will never be as good as you want it to be. Luckily, your opinion doesn't count.

7. Life is bigger than you. Write about life.

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sacredmime
Mar. 3rd, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
Lol for #6! I'll have to remember that when I'm editing. :D
barry_king
Mar. 3rd, 2010 08:11 pm (UTC)
I expect I'll find most of them are bad beliefs, especially 1 and 2. But 6, I'm pretty sure is true about all art, not just writing.

Thanks for your recent post, BTW. I'd never heard about WOTF. I'll have to come up with something to sub.

But this Sub Club thing, what is it & how did you hear about it?
sacredmime
Mar. 3rd, 2010 09:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, definitely send something to Writers of the Future--very prestigious contest. And it's free!

I liked your #4, too, although you could add 4a: "Inspiration sure is hard work." :)

Regarding the Sub Club, it's pretty informal, but here is a link to Kara's post:
http://kara-gnome.livejournal.com/197621.html
barry_king
Mar. 3rd, 2010 10:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks, interesting. I'll have to look into that further.

BTW, I took a scan of sacredmime and see you have a pinoy connection, too. I borrowed a little from my time in Baguio City for my current Group 1 crit on anticiworkshop. I'd be pleased if you let me know what you think if you have a moment to give it a look.
sacredmime
Mar. 3rd, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC)
Absolutely. Actually I had noticed your intro and was already planning to read it. :D How long were you in Baguio?

Should I mention nits, or do you just want an overview?

Also, if you're interested in reading a dark futuristic tale set in the Philippines, check out Rochita Loenen-Ruiz's story "59 Beads":
http://www.apexbookcompany.com/apex-online/2009/12/short-story-59-beads-by-rochita-loenen-ruiz/

barry_king
Mar. 3rd, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
Absolutely. Actually I had noticed your intro and was already planning to read it. :D How long were you in Baguio?


Four years; the high school years. Many interesting experiences.

Should I mention nits, or do you just want an overview?


Whatever takes your fancy. Any and all input is appreciated!

Also, if you're interested in reading a dark futuristic tale set in the Philippines, check out Rochita Loenen-Ruiz's story "59 Beads":


Will do!
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