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One of the tragic consequences of social media on my brain is that I can only think in sound bites and each short thought is succinct from the other. Well, succinct is an understatement because sometimes I just stop mid—


What I wanted to talk about today was how I am making my own rules. (Should I tell you how long it took me to write that poorly constructed sentence? No, I should not. I blanked out at least twice during it though.)

I mean. Here’s the thing. Last week I wrote a slight rant about how I’m tired of the self-pub/indie pub gig…yada yada. If you want to read it, click this.

So today I’m going to talk about my writing rules. And here they are. In sound bites.

  1. Stop spending so much time on social media.
  2. Eat healthy foods and eat them on time. (i.e., before your stomach growls and your eyes cross.)
  3. Oops. This should be number one: READ THE BIBLE. I don’t care if you have 100 novels to beta read, if you only have 10 minutes to read in a day, READ THE BIBLE. RTBS (Read the Bible Stupid.)
  4. Exercise.
  5. Does anyone else notice I’m on Step 5 and I haven’t even mentioned putting pen to paper?
  6. SLEEP.
  7. Spend time with family.
  8. Stop texting, Tweeting, Facebooking, IM’ing, Googling during family time.
  9. Be happy.
  10. Write when and if you feel like it.

Some may call my writing rules a recipe for disaster, or at the very least, professional failure, but I will prove some people wrong. I will.

Just wait. (A while.)