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Pen and Life

  1. If you write every day, you get better at writing every day.
  2. If it is boring for you, it is boring for your reader.
  3. Get a writing routine, and stick to it.
  4. Poetry does NOT have to rhyme. Poetry does not NOT have to rhyme.
  5. Resist stereotypes, in real life and in your writing.
  6. Writers read. Writers read a lot. Writers read all the time.
  7. Make lists of your favourite words and books and places and things.
  8. There doesn’t always have to be a moral to the story.
  9. Always bring your notebook. Always bring a spare pen.
  10. Go for walks. Dance. Pull weeds. Do the dishes. Write about it.
  11. Don’t settle on just one style. Try something new!
  12. Learn to tell both sides of the story.

12.5. Stop reading all this. Write something!