Heinlein (via Pournelle)
- Sit down and write.
- Finish what you write.
- Stop mucking with it and send it to someone who has money to buy it.
Don’t rewrite it unless one of them promises, “We’d buy it if …”
- Write something different.
- Write in standard, grammatical English with proper spelling. Don’t be inventive.
- It takes 500,000 to a million words to learn how to write.
[Ed: That’s 5-10 novels, and by Heinlein’s advice, 5-10 different novels, not the same one rewritten over and over.]
- Don’t build your story brick-by-brick. It’ll be a mess. Know where you’re going.
- The only opinion that counts of your story is whether or not someone will pay you money for it.