“I Don’t Take A P*** Without Getting Paid For It!” The Most Important Rule For Writers


By Niall McArdle

Everyone has advice for writers, ways to get you started on that novel you’ve been thinking about for five years; ideas to deal with writer’s block; suggestions to buff your story to a fine polish.

Every writer has their own idea of what does and doesn’t work.

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Stephen King wrote a really quite excellent book about writing (called, simply enough, On Writing). Here are his Top 20 Rules

That’s all well and good … however, very few writers bother to give this important advice – maybe the most important advice any writer or artist needs to be told:

GET PAID!

Harlan Ellison. Source: harlanellison.com
Harlan Ellison. Source: harlanellison.com

In the excellent documentary about Harlan Ellison, Dreams With Sharp Teeth, Ellison has a few choice words on this matter.

This is probably Not Safe For Work … especially if you work at Warner Brothers!

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