When The Guardian asked bestselling authors to share their top dos and don’ts of the writing process, I drew upon experience to draft a similar list for students in my creative writing workshops. It came as little surprise that the truths that resonated with me emphasized process more so than any element of craft.
Perhaps this is because craft can be taught (via Top 10 lists, no less), whereas trust in and mastery of one’s process takes a lifetime of engagement and adjustment. And trust is one of the key elements that separates amateur from professional writers. As David Bayles and Ted Orland noted in Art & Fear, “Uncertainty is the essential, inevitable companion to your desire to make art. And tolerance for uncertainty is the prerequisite to succeeding.”
Given that what you create cannot be separated from the act of creating, I’d like to offer these 10 Rules for Creative Writing to guide your efforts.
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