But for those of us writers still wondering in the literary desert for that symbolic 40 years, living off the manna of Twitter RT’s, 5-star reviews, and Facebook Likes, we need to follow our own 10 Commandments for writers.
1. Thou shalt have no other dream before thee.
2. Thou shalt not misuse words like graven in thine manuscript.
3. Thou shalt not take Amazon’s name in vain.
4. Remember Query Day, keeping the pitch and synopsis wholly free of grammar errors.
5. Honor thy editor and graphic designer, for they maketh thine book look good.
6. Thou shalt not kill an idea, for it mayth be used in the future.
7. Thou shalt not commit skulduggery on social media, for that doth came back to bite you in the ass.
8. Thou shalt not steal others’ blogs or stories because that doth be plagiarism.
9. Thou shalt not bear false witness in your social media profile pages.
10. Thou shalt not covet thy fellow writer’s laptop, available writing hours, book sales, or success.
How many writing commandments did you break today?