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I picked up a book from the Barnes & Noble sale table for about $5 called Anybody Can Write: A Playful Approach, by Roberta Jean Bryant (hereafter known as RJB). I like craft books, and as they go this is kind of a lighter one; its focus is beginning or blocked writers who are looking for ideas or ways to get into the habit of letting loose on the page. There are, however, a number of "laws" that RJB posits in the book that I thought the group might find interesting and / or useful, so here we go:

The First Law of Writing: "To write" is an active verb. Thinking is not writing. Writing is putting words on paper.

The Second Law of Writing: Write passionately. Everybody has loves and hates; even quiet people lead passionate lives. Creativity follows passion.

The Third Law of Writing: Write honestly. Risk nakedness. Originality equals vulnerability.

The Fourth Law of Writing: Write for fun, for personal value. If you don't enjoy the process, why should anyone enjoy the product? Pleasure precedes profit.

The Fifth Law of Writing: Write anyway. Ignore discouraging words, internal and external. Persistence always pays off.

The Sixth Law of Writing: Write a lot. Use everything. Learning comes from your own struggles with words on paper.

The Seventh Law of Writing: Write out of commitment to your ideas, commitment to yourself as a writer. Trust yourself.

Although they're not a panacea, I'm almost certain that every one of us has an area of weakness that one of those laws addresses; my concern about my own writing is that I simply don't write as much as I would like to, so the sixth and seventh laws address my problems (I'm getting better about that, though).

Anyway, just some good, positive things to keep in mind.
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