Yeah, yeah. I know what you’re thinking. “But haven’t you told us before that there aren’t rules when it comes to writing, and that there are always exceptions?” Okay, well, you got me there. But these rules are so simple and so, like, perfect that if you don’t follow them you’ll probably sink into the abyss of Slush Pile Purgatory or Remainder Hell. Plus, they apply to pretty much every aspect of writing—and even life.

Rule #1: Don’t be boring

Rule #2: Don’t be annoying

Having trouble getting agents to request your manuscript? Don’t be boring.

Can’t seem to find a good critique group or partner? Don’t be annoying.

Not getting any traction with social media and other publicity efforts for your books? Don’t be annoying. 

Can’t figure out why people run the other way when they see you coming? Don’t be annoying.*

Looking for a significant other? Don’t be annoying or boring.


*Well, either that or you should probably use deodorant once in awhile and actually brush your teeth. It’s the little things, you know?