Monday, February 8, 2010

The Pocket Muse

My friends are quite supportive of my writing addiction. They encourage me with words, hugs, patient ears, and sometimes gifts. A few years ago a friend gave me a book called The Pocket Muse written by Monica Wood. To be honest, I just rediscovered it on my book shelf today, and as I was thumbing through it, I came across Ms. Wood's Ten Commandments for a Happy Writing Life.

1. Don't wait for inspiration; establish a writing habit.
2. Take time off.
3. Read voraciously.
4. Shut out the inner critic.
5. Claim a space.
6. Claim some time.
7. Accept rejection.
8. Expect success.
9. Live fully.
10. Wish others well.

Happy Writing!


  1. Thanks for sharing. Those are great commandments for writers.

  2. Love the idea of writing commandments! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Taking time off is an oh so critical one, IMO. Thanks for sharing.

  4. These are great. I'm glad you found them and shared them with us! :-)

  5. "Accept rejection" is a great one. Every writer gets rejected A LOT. This is something I don't think I realized before I started writing. But rejection has become easier and easier to take.

  6. Good ones. Thanks for sharing them.