We've spoken/written about writing rules before. I have my basic writing rules that I believe in and follow and as some of you commented here, and here, you have yours. Plus there are the other rules we hold to be must-haves or rather must-do’s of the writing life.
Still in the spirit or staying open (my watchwords), learning and improving, it is a good practice to seek out other writers in person if possible, by reading their personal essays and biographies or on the Internet (websites and blogs), to see how they write and understand the rules their follow.
While surfing writing sites, I found Bonnie Neubauer who shares these basics on her website.
Basic Rules to Keep in Mind While You Are Writing (or to rebel against if that's more to your liking).
Don't stop. If you hit a block, write the last word over and over until something new starts flowing from your pen. Usually it's the word "and". Write "and and and and and and and and" and soon you will be writing "and I am sick of writing the word and. I am also sick of ... " and you're off and writing again!
Editing is left-brained work, and these exercises are right-brained fun. So don't go back and cross out or change words. Keep moving forward. And don't worry about spelling or grammar. There's plenty of time for that later. Just make sure you can read it!
Let Yourself Go:
Don't worry about the end result. Give yourself permission to write junk. Don't hold back. Don't filter. Go on an adventure.
Use all your senses to describe things. Use your sense of smell to describe a cab, your sense of taste to describe a computer. The best way for readers to recall what you've written is to be specific: Not "toy", but "plastic Batman figure missing an arm".
Don't Negate Your Work:
Be proud of what you write. Know that the only rule is to fill the page, usually in 10 minutes ... and you will have accomplished that!
Or maybe it's time to get a new hobby!
NOW LET'S WRITE!!
I'm always inspired when I come across another writer whose writing rules, practices and process mirror my own. Additionally, the writer who writes with rules I've never heard of before, adheres to the most unconventional practices and finds success with an interesting or even wacky process, pushes me to be a little more adventurous with my own writing.
Do you enjoy reading about writers who buck the writing or publishing system, works/writes against the grain of convention and who no matter what happens, they seem to be having a whale of a time?
Do any of Bonnie's rules resonate with you because you follow the same? Did you find one here or elsewhere that made you go "Huh!" but woke up your adventurous spirit and made you think that it might be worth a try?