Rule A: Fiction, freelancing, poetry? All writing isn’t the same


Linda’s Rules of Writing

Six silhouettes of people, five in blue and one in red.
Writing novels may be writing, but it is different than freelancing.

I’ve always like the rules NCIS uses, because they’re really more of pearls of wisdom learned through experience.  With the A to Z Challenge, I thought I’d use letters, since that’s a tool of my trade for “Linda’s Rules of Writing.”  But I’m also going to avoid all the don’ts because they tend to have a very negative quality, like the expectation is that you’re doing it wrong starting out.

I’m going to start with A is for All writing isn’t the same.

I started writing when I was eight.  It was really just for fun, but when I turned 18, I started thinking about making money doing it.  I tried fiction, poetry, non-fiction, screenwriting, journalism, and even technical writing.

My logic was that it was writing, so it didn’t matter which form I did.

Except it did matter.

I like writing fiction.  I didn’t really enjoy the other forms.  They were something to get published, not something that I enjoy.  Fun has to come first, because it’s a tough road to take with all the rejections.

What are your personal writing rules?

Writerly Adventuring

Cover for A Princess, A Boatman, and a Lizard showing a silhouette of a princess holding a lizard.
Cover: A Princess, A Boatman, and a Lizard

On tap for today is my short story “Six Bullets,” which is in the Forward Motion Anthology A Princess, A Boatman, and A Lizard.  Six Bullets is about a princess who enlists in the military and has to battle her way upriver.  A little soldiering for the women!


Caption: A to Z Challenge