1. You must be awake to write. Caffeine is important.
2. You must write for others when necessary but, more importantly,
3. You must make time to write for yourself.
4. You must write under the impression that time is something that can be made; therefore,
5. You must forget everything you learned in grade school, if only for just a moment.
6. You may write in any font, as long as it is not Comic Sans.
7. You must write with a good pen. The kind that makes you want to keep going.
8. You mustn’t think twice about what you’re putting on paper — at least not now. So,
9. You must put off revisions, but never put off the first draft.
10. You must write about what you hate.
11. You must write about what you love.
12. Especially when those two are the same thing.
13. You must drop everything when the time comes, open your notebook, close all tabs; shut the door, shut out the sounds, shut down your inhibitions; reconnect with you, not “you,” but the real you, the one you knew when you were young, who wasn’t afraid to be tell it like it was; forget everything they say, but recall it in your words; your own words, because if you don’t say it now, now, it will remain unsaid forever.
14. You must write.