Do not expect consistency. I have many rules on many subjects.
Rule One: Keep a writing pad with you at all times.
Ideas come to you when you least expect. They often seem simple, and we think we can remember them, but how easily we forget. All writers should always have a pad and pencil or a writing utensil to preserve their thoughts
Rule Two: If you want to write, write. Don’t worry about the rules of grammar: punctuation, spelling, or formatting. Just Write. This is important because most of the rules are in reference books—not on the top of our heads. Don’t chance stopping because you can’t remember what you thought you knew.
Rule Three: Use your word processor or your computer to write the first draft. Some folks write their entire story on paper. They, then, type it. Save yourself time and the frustration of reading your own handwriting. Type it and save your work on a thumb drive. The extra time can be used editing your project.
Rule Four: Don’t Reason with the Reason
Get your thoughts from your mind to the paper. We are only writing to write. We are writing to get it out—not to give up because we can’t write. If you can talk, you can write. Don’t listen to the negative voice within. It’s a killer. Fight for your writes.
Rule Five: Remember, this is your mind, your story, your work.
You may want opinions about your writing. Danger! Danger! You can’t read everyone your work. They will change it. No! Finish it. They allow anyone to change your work unless it’s your editor. This is not about being arrogant. It is about remaining true to yourself. Opinions are like belly buttons, everyone has one.