#IWSG Writing Rules


Happy New Year! Time for January’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group.


Join us! Sign up at creator Alex Cavanaugh’s website.

How’s your writing? I decided to re-edit my debut novel, With Good Behavior. It’s taking me a long time because it’s so bad! Adverb abuse abounds.

JANUARY 4TH QUESTION: What writing rule do you wish you’d never heard?


Since I got into this writing thing as a lark, I haven’t been big on rules.

One rule I wish I followed more was to limit adverbs. *see above*

But one rule I wish I’d never heard?


My day job as a psychologist doesn’t leave me the time or energy to write every day, and all this “rule” does is to jack up guilt. 

I agree that writing is a muscle–the more we write, the better we get. But we each need to find our own writing schedule.

I mostly write on weekends, and that works for me. 

10 thoughts

  1. Ooh, yeah, good one – I definitely don't follow the write every day \”rule.\”I'm a recovering adverb addict as well. Hm, maybe a subset of IWSG can be the AASG??Happy new year!

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  2. Yep, I don't write every day, either. Well, except the video keeps playing in my head, and the characters are always lurking nearby. My nemesis is the passive phrase. I wish I had never learned the word 'was.' LOL

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  3. Feather, that's true that even if we don't write daily, our characters are never far from our minds. And I hear ya about that passive phrase business! One tip of many my awesome editor has taught me.Cherie, writing regularly is good but I think occasional breaks work well for me, too.Ha ha, Julie! I'll need to check out more posts to see all the rules I hate. 🙂

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  4. I didn't realize you were a psychologist. That must be an interesting fit for writing fiction! When I had a day job, I did the \”100 Challenge\” You have to write at least 100 words a day for 100 days and if you broke the chain, you had to start over. I was always surprised how easy it was to squeeze in 100 words, even on my busiest days, and often I wrote more.

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  5. Stephanie, there are many pleasures of being a psycho author. 🙂 The 100 challenge sounds great! To be fair, I do write clinical notes every work day, and those are like stories about my clients. Thanks for stopping by!

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