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Heinlein’s Rules (I Must Follow)

Published March 12, 2014 in Help For Writers - 1 Comment

These are Heinlein’s Rules.  I am going to follow them from now on.

 

1) You must write.

2) You must finish what you write.

3) You must not rewrite unless to editorial demand.

4) You must mail your story to an editor who will pay you money.

5) You must keep it in the mail until someone buys it.

Check out these two links at Dean Wesley Smith’s Blog

http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/?p=74 – Heinlein’s Rules

http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/?p=9879 – The Myth of Rewriting

 

The reason, I’m sick of rewriting. It bore’s me, takes the joy of writing out of me. Just check out my post where I describe revision in ten different ways. I don’t like it.

Here is the process I will follow based on my reading and Dean’s responses to questions in the comments section of his Myths of Rewriting post.

 

I will write the story, first draft, in creative mind. I will put notes where I believe I want to change or add in things, or delete things.

As I am writing, I will cycle through my last writing sessions words and fix and little mistakes; typos, story details, want to add description, etc. I am still in Creative Mind so this is okay.

Once I am done the first draft, I will do a quick spell/grammar/punctuation check and give to a first reader, or I’ll wait a month and read it myself with fresh eyes. Especially if my first reader is getting overwhelmed with stories.

I’ll either agree or disagree with the first reader and fix mistakes found by the first reader.

I’ll then publish or send out to market.

I’ll write the next story.

What this means is I don’t get to write crap. I write the best story I can the first time around. I need to keep track of detail so as not to run into character eye colours changing, etc.  If I’m freezing up while writing, I can Dare To Be Bad, as Dean says, and still write the best I can, even if I feel it is crap. I just can’t give myself permission to write crap on purpose.

Lets see how this goes.

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