Rules are often our worst enemy

posted Apr 11, 2015, 8:41 AM by Bruce Gaughran   [ updated Jun 7, 2015, 12:31 PM ]

Rules can be good and bad. For example, rules can stifle one writer's creativity while helping another to be more creative. Rules can become a crutch. Or, rules can make you ponder something, i.e., consider their meaning when it applies to your life.

My daughter posted this on her Facebook page yesterday. I’ve read similar ‘words of wisdom’, but this one is short, concise and on target.

A writer’s past and his/her insecurities can screw up everything. This is especially apparent when it comes to book and story reviews as well as our desire to publish. We often associate publishing with success. Then, once a book is published, we associate book sales with success. After that, we have to have a second book or story published to show that we aren’t just a ‘one book wonder’. The self-imposed pressure builds as we try to compare our writing to another well-known writer that we admire. If we aren’t careful, we lose confidence and our muse. This can result in the worst possible scenario, we stop writing.

The Seven Rules above attacks many of the misbeliefs mentioned above. They aren’t just about writing. They are about living a life filled with peace and happiness.