Robert's Rules of Writing

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Writer's Digest Books, Feb 8, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 224 pages
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The 101 Rules You Need to Know
*but no one has ever told you

You already have a million writing books. You know the principles, the lectures, the "expert" techniques. And you've discovered that sometimes tried-and-true just equals tired.

In Robert's Rules of Writing, successful author Robert Masello stomps out status quo writing advice and delivers 101 uninhibited techniques to improve your writing that include:
  • Burn your journal (See rule 1)
  • Strip down to your briefs (See rule 38)
  • Spend time gossiping (See rule 61)
  • Buy the smoking jacket (See rule 56)
  • Skip the Starbucks (See rule 7)
  • De-claim! De-claim! (See rule 63)

Whether you're a fiction writer, freelancer, memoirist, or screenwriter, Robert's Rules of Writing gives you the unorthodox advice to transform your writing life and get published!


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Although it is subtitled "101 unconventional lessons every writer needs to know," this is really a collection of common sense rules presented succinctly and convincingly, accompanied by examples and ... Read full review


RULE 1 Burn Your Journal
RULE 2 Get a Pen Pal
RULE 3 Throw Out Your Thesaurus
RULE 4 Zip the Lip
RULE 5 Call Out the Thought Police
RULE 6 Dont Overinflate the Balloon
RULE 7 Skip the Starbucks
RULE 52 Lose Your Form
RULE 53 Set an Alarm Clock
RULE 54 Fall in Love
RULE 55 Get Rejected
RULE 56 Buy the Smoking Jacket
RULE 57 Keep Your Day Job
RULE 58 Pick a Personage
RULE 59 Ham It Up

RULE 8 Take the Prozac
RULE 9 Lose the Muse
RULE 10 Get Rolling
RULE 11 Let the Well Refill
RULE 12 Tell Dont Show
RULE 13 Play God
RULE 14 Stop Reading
RULE 15 Wave Goodbye
RULE 16 Write What You Read
RULE 17 Make Em Worry
RULE 18 Memo Yourself
RULE 19 Get Right or Get Close
RULE 20 Know the Territory
RULE 21 Set Yourself Down
RULE 22 Pick Your Poison
RULE 23 Bring Out da Noise
RULE 24 Map That Route
RULE 25 Wing It
RULE 26 Dont Look Back
RULE 27 Let It Marinate
RULE 28 Overcome Your
RULE 29 Call Action
RULE 30 Pile It On
RULE 31 Reduce Clutter
RULE 32 Say It Again Sam
RULE 33 Show What You Know
RULE 34 Get Dramatic
RULE 35 Flaw Your Hero
RULE 36 Perfect Your Villain
RULE 37 Skip the Truth
RULE 38 Strip Down to Your Briefs
RULE 39 Go Subliminal
RULE 40 Cook Up a Story
RULE 41 Let Them Lead the Way
RULE 42 Make an Entrance
RULE 43 Do Double Duty
RULE 44 Be a Tease
RULE 45 Keep the Faith
RULE 46 Go for Broke
RULE 47 Lay Down the Law
RULE 48 Keep Your Promises
RULE 49 Hit Your Marks
RULE 50 Dont Push Your Luck
RULE 51 Take a Walk Around the Block
RULE 60 Know No Shame
RULE 61 Pass the Scuttlebutt
RULE 62 Go Inside
RULE 63 Declaim Declaim
RULE 64 Take the Long Way
RULE 65 Show No Mercy
RULE 66 Doubt Everyone
RULE 67 Find Your Ideal
RULE 68 Kill the Passion
RULE 69 Grumble and Fuss
RULE 70 Engage the Enemy
RULE 71 Mix It Up
RULE 72 Graph It
RULE 73 Join Up
RULE 74 Stake Your Claim
RULE 75 Get in Style
RULE 76 Change Your Spots
RULE 77 Tone It Up
RULE 78 Make Em Laugh
RULE 79 Befriend Your Editor
RULE 80 Choose Your Words
RULE 81 Choose Their Words Too
RULE 82 Beware of Easy Inspiration
RULE 83 Add a Dash of Metaphor
RULE 84 Rid Yourself of Writing Words
RULE 85 Convert Yourself
RULE 86 Punctuate That Thought
RULE 87 Build the Perfect Reader
RULE 88 Pass the Scalpel
RULE 89 Gather Ye Moonbeams
RULE 90 Lose Your Perspective
RULE 91 Take Up Whittling
RULE 92 Save Every Scrap
RULE 93 Engage in No False Advertising
RULE 94 Keep Your Prose Clean
RULE 95 Protect Your Inspiration
RULE 96 Magnetize Yourself
RULE 97 Spill Your Secrets
RULE 98 Dont Tense Up
RULE 99 Call It Quits
RULE 100 Grant Yourself a Title
RULE 101 Love Words
Rule 102 Break the Rules

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About the author (2005)

Robert Masello is the author of three novels & ten nonfiction books, including "A Friend in the Business". He has taught writing classes at the Columbia University School of Journalism & UCLA Extension. He is currently executive story editor for the Aaron Spelling television series "Charmed".

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