Ten Commandments of Writing
1. When thou knowest not the spelling of a word, thou shalt
look it up.
2. Thou shalt edit each manuscript before submitting. Yea
verily, thou shalt put chapter ten before chapter eleven.
3. Before thou speakest ill of the comments of thy critique partner or
thy editor, thou shalt remember they are readers too.
4. Thou shalt spend less time worrying why thy critique partner or
thy editor didst not mark thy mistake and remember the mistake is thine.
5. Thou must use thy logic, else hands and hair shalt fly to
the heavens. Yea verily, eyes shall roll upon the floor.
6. Thou shalt ignore the teachings of false prophets who use
such words as snuck, alright, and brung.
7. Forsake not the semi-colon, ellipse, and the em-dash as
acceptable punctuation.
8. Allowing thy character to doeth a thing doest not prove
that thy character should do this thing. Thy character
must have motivation.
9. Thou shalt first see that thou hast punctuated thy
manuscript correctly before bearing false witness that thy critique partner or
editor lieth.
10. Thou shalt forsake repetitive dialog tags and repeated -ly
adverbs.

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