What do all the footprints in the sand tell you about this rule?

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?

Quiet hours posting

Difficult to enforce in a college residence, I think.

Do you always obey the rules? Check the following that apply to you.

  1. It depends on the rule.
  2. Of course!
  3. No. I don’t like being told what to do.
  4. If I’m in the mood.
  5. Definitely if I’m with my children!
  6. Only if it keeps me safe and out of trouble.
  7. It depends on the circumstance.
  8. Only if someone is watching what I’m doing.
  9. When it is convenient to me.
  10. 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.

  1. Be authentic. Write about places visited.
  2. Explore family dynamics. Discuss relevant issues and various family models.
  3. Weave fact and fiction. Aim to educate, entertain and challenge readers.
  4. Thread novels with universal themes. Show our connections.
  5. Genealogical research. Build stories inspired by genealogical research to solve family mysteries.
  6. Be genuine. Share life’s lessons and many roles played as a woman.
  7. Imagine. Research. Outline. Draft. Write. Rewrite. Revise. Edit. Repeat process.
  8. Self-publish and launch a website with blogs that will help the reader.
  9. Be hopeful. Believe your readers will find you.
  10. Start your next book.

What are some of your basic life rules? I’d welcome your comments.

Ontario warning triffic sign

This is one rule I completely agree with!

Painted road sign

An important sign for drivers and pedestrians in London, England.

Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade sign for fishing in Hong Kong

I still don’t understand this rule from Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade on Kowloon Island, Hong Kong.

Ontario Stay Alert Sign

A rule for life, don’t you think?