Robert Heinlein’s Five Rules of Writing

. . . plus one by Robert J. Sawyer, who is himself a successful Hugo, Nebula, and Aurora winning Canadian science fiction author.  Just sayin’.

By Robert J. Sawyer

There are countless rules for writing success, but the most famous ones, at least in the science-fiction field, are the five coined by the late, great Robert A. Heinlein.

Heinlein used to say he had no qualms about giving away these rules, even though they explained how you could become his direct competitor, because he knew that almost no one would follow their advice.

In my experience, that’s true: if you start off with a hundred people who say they want to be writers, you lose half of the remaining total after each rule — fully half the people who hear each rule will fail to follow it.

I’m going to share Heinlein’s five rules with you, plus add a sixth of my own.

Read the full article at Robert J. Sawyer’s blog.

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