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There are plenty of ways to improve your technique and your craft of writing. There are books everywhere on the topic. And mostly you get better just by doing it a lot.
 
But when it comes down to it, there aren’t any commandments for writers. 

“There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it’s like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.” – ERNEST HEMINGWAY

Get in there. Write something that makes you tingle. Don’t worry about the universe of critics you’re dreaming up. They don’t exist, and even if they do they don’t matter. Everything’s up to you.

“There are so many different kinds of writing and so many ways to work that the only rule is this: do what works. Almost everything has been tried and found to succeed for somebody. The methods, even the ideas, of successful writers contradict each other in a most heartening way, and the only element I find common to all successful writers is persistence—an overwhelming determination to succeed.” – SOPHY BURNHAM

The great writers of history had no more weapons than you have right now; they just put in the time. There’s no secret manual. There’s no code of regulations or referees to blow the whistle when you’re doing it wrong. There’s only one thing that counts: did you finish it? It’s all a matter of sitting down and doing the work.

“Write. Start writing today. Start writing right now. Don’t write it right, just write it –and then make it right later. Give yourself the mental freedom to enjoy the process, because the process of writing is a long one. Be wary of ‘writing rules’ and advice. Do it your way.” – TARA MOSS

I always try to look for methods, tools, techniques to improve my writing. I can learn to write dialogue better, or construct a scene better, or write a better ending. But if someone tells me “always” or “never” I ignore it. If it feels right, I write it. Sometimes even if it feels wrong, I write it. There’s time to revise later. Get it out there. No roadblocks.

“The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.” – NEIL GAIMAN

In normal society, we have to follow rules. But you’re a writer — that means you’re a little bit of a badass. You get to plow ahead where others fear to tread. Don’t let imagined rules hold you back.

 Thanks to http://www.advicetowriters.com/ for the quotes.

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Writing while trying to be perfect is like looking down at your feet while you run, trying to place each step in just the right place. You can’t run that way. Or even if you can, you look like a weirdo, few would call it running, and you’re certainly not having any fun.
 
Rush. Get breakneck. Leap over obstacles because you’re at full speed. Feel the fences graze your butt as you sail over them. You don’t get to feel those things if you’re carefully avoiding every crack in the pavement.

 “To escape criticism — do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” – Elbert Hubbard

“Always live up to your standards — by lowering them, if necessary.” – Mignon McLaughlin

Sure, you’ll end up with some bad writing. But that beautiful little sentence you got to at the end of your writing sprint? That moving little scene you happened upon while hurrying those words out? You would never have reached that if you had your magnifying glass and tape measure out. And let me tell you this: however bad some of that writing looks, I’ve written way worse.
 
What would “perfect” be to a shot-putter? To throw that heavy ball an infinite distance? That doesn’t even make sense. The shot-putter’s only concern is throwing it farther than he’s ever thrown it before. Focus on throwing farther, not throwing “perfect.” Hurl out words that are truer and richer than the last time you wrote. That’s the goal.

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