The good news is that the only thing a person will ever need as their guide to being or becoming a writer is available—free. That’s right, free and readily available to all!
The writer and successful author that revealed his simple five step rules for writing success even joked that he would gladly give these rules to anyone, even his counterparts. And when his generosity in potentially helping his competitors through revealing the secrets to his writing success was questioned; he stated that he could afford such generosity because he knew that almost none of them would follow his rules.
Short & Sweet
5 Rules for Writing
1.) You must write.
2.) You must finish what you wrote.
3.) You must refrain from edit, except to editorial order
4.) You must submit your work to market.
5.) You must keep the work on the market until sold.
Heinlein, Writer & Author
Heinlein is credited as being one of the “Big Three” science fiction masters (Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke, the other two) of the Golden Age of science fiction. He is credited as being one of the leaders in helping the science fiction genre break out of the low-paying pulp arena or “ghetto”.
The beauty of Heinlein’s five rules for writers is in their simplicity and reliance upon action and execution. Their essence lies in application. Indeed, each one is certainly a call to act. They are commandments that apply equally to all with writing aspirations. Anyone that aspires to write can and must write.
“There’s a big difference in those that write, and those that want to see themselves as having been published.” (Source: Dan Simmons, writer, Hugo Award-winning author)
The Writer Writes
In reference to Heinlein’s rules and their applications, writer and author Dean Wesley Smith says it best, “If you’re a writer and think you’re the exception, you are fooling yourself.”
Heinlein lays out a simple roadmap, easy and uncomplicated--just as it should be. Heed Heinlein’s 5 Rules for Writing and get writing!