A dozen ‘rules’ for writing


The sign is arbitrary; nothing matters
except these scribbles, which signify everything.

Writing is a process, and processes are
messy because people are messy.

But it’s okay to shit the bed:
embrace entropy and dirty drafts.


When given the opportunity,
hit Reply All always, but

Write for yourself and the sun,
and when you can’t write, run.

Run with your writing, not from it.
Sleep on (and with) it, too, right before it’s due.


To get the A,
obey, obey, obey.

Coordinating conjunctions and their commas
separate men from FANBOYS.

Master the myth of Standard Language.
Your better then everyone.


To get writing,
keep fighting.

Measure life with tea-, table-,
and coffee-spoons.

And above all: prescribe empathy
not rules.


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