Think for a moment about the rules that form part of your everyday life experience. Those related to driving, for example. Or, perhaps regulations governing admission to and conduct at a movie theatre, concert, restaurant, shopping mall or library. What about expiry dates on milk cartons, yogurt containers, packages of chicken or vitamin pills? Do you consider these steadfast rules, casual and essentially harmless warnings or simply polite suggestions?
Do you always obey the rules? Check the following that apply to you.
- It depends on the rule.
- Of course!
- No. I don’t like being told what to do.
- If I’m in the mood.
- Definitely if I’m with my children!
- Only if it keeps me safe and out of trouble.
- It depends on the circumstance.
- Only if someone is watching what I’m doing.
- When it is convenient to me.
- If it benefits me.
How many points did you check? I imagine that from time to time, all ten would apply to the majority of us. Was this true for you?
My Writing Rules
It seems there are rules governing every aspect of our life and here are ten that I try to follow with respect to my writing.
- Be authentic. Write about places visited.
- Explore family dynamics. Discuss relevant issues and various family models.
- Weave fact and fiction. Aim to educate, entertain and challenge readers.
- Thread novels with universal themes. Show our connections.
- Genealogical research. Build stories inspired by genealogical research to solve family mysteries.
- Be genuine. Share life’s lessons and many roles played as a woman.
- Imagine. Research. Outline. Draft. Write. Rewrite. Revise. Edit. Repeat process.
- Self-publish and launch a website with blogs that will help the reader.
- Be hopeful. Believe your readers will find you.
- Start your next book.
What are some of your basic life rules? I’d welcome your comments.