Do Commandments work for you? Well, believe in them or not, they seem to be shall we say - unforgettable.
And I've had commandments on my mind of the writerly type. These are my commandments that sometimes I keep and sometimes I break but I thought they might be worthy at least to share with a few writerly types out there.
1. Thou shalt not talk about what thou writest. Even to your writerly friends. Or your mother. Or over bourbon to your best good buddy on the right and the stranger on the barstool to your left.
I have broken this commandment to a thousand squared this year. I don't know why. I usually don't do this. I'll offer a sentence maybe but not the entire plot, series, days offerings of words. Maybe I've just been excited about the story, or because it's something different, or - who knows? But I'm certain it has not assisted me in getting the story finished! Because writers usually use their energy to talk about their story or to write their story. No need to explain which one they are supposed to choose.
Thou shalt not undertake painting, sorting, organizing, and remodeling everything in your house and life that you have lived with JUST FINE until it was time for you to write your story.
(My bathroom has been completely overhauled. Enough said.)
Thou shalt not watch the entire trilogy of The Lord of the Rings trilogy back to back because you need inspiration. Or for that matter and entire season of Breaking Bad, Orange is the New Black, or House of Cards
Escaping the fact that you haven't met your writing goal by watching something that some other writer completed . . . yeah, you get it.
Thou shalt not surf the web for research for one quick thing such as a photo of commandments and then find that you are reading a righteously, good blog on blogging, and then surfing over to how middle age used to look like old age which leads to surfing for healthy choices, which leads to . . . five pm and no writing done. _
(Stay tuned for the other thou shalt's and shalt not's.)
River Jordan is a real writer in the real world whose imagination can take her to far away places where room service never ends and the hotel bookstore is always open.