The Rules

Must write one hour a day.

Okay to write at any time, but the hour must be sequential.

No cheating!

Must start at a 5 or 10 minute interval.

Must end at the same 5 or 10 minute interval one hour later.

Okay to do laundry or dishes.

Okay to eat or drink (encouraged!)

Not good to close eyes.

Must have document open on computer for the whole hour (but can close it a few minutes early if need to think about things).

Can write in notebook as writing (this counts).

Can read book that helps (i.e. writing book or research book).

Okay to write blog post instead of novel if feeling crappy.

Okay to end ten minutes early if feeling crappy.



That’s fine that there was one time where only wrote for fifteen minutes because of “extenuating circumstances.”

Must be nice to self. Must remember no one is making self write novel.

Okay to pretend that hour started five minutes before hour actually started if feeling crappy.

Good idea to read or sleep after or before hour because this stuff is exhausting.

2 thoughts on “The Rules

  1. I love how your initial hard line starts to slowly crumble as the list continues. My favourite piece of advice on writing was from Neil Gaiman.
    1 Just write.
    2 Don’t stop until you’ve finished.
    The other good piece of advice was: Learn to write tired, because if you wait for the perfect conditions, you’ll never write.

    1. Thanks for your excellent comment, Dylan! I love Neil Gaiman’s writing advice. I haven’t heard the second one before and I think it’s perfect advice. Also, maybe, learn to write drunk? Learn to write with and without coffee? Learn to write with no computer and no music and learn to write in bed! Because I use all those as excuses to not write. And that needs to stop!

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