The idea of having seven guidelines, seven rules, inspired a writing exercise I was going to lead at a writers' retreat this past weekend. However, there was wine to drink, and a lake to swim in, and a speedboat, and one of the writers in our group is a professional chef. So ... yeah. We didn't really write that much.
We did, however, follow the eating guidelines -- especially "eat with enjoyment, gusto and pleasure."
But I digress. Here's the exercise:
- Get out a clean sheet of paper.
- Make a list of topics where rules could apply. Don't write the rules -- just list topics that could have rules. Rules for eating, drinking, living, writing. Rules for friendship, parenting, whatever. Come up with some fun topics -- but don't take more than a minute.
- Choose one of those topics.
- Write the rules! At least three rules, no more than seven. Write fast. It's not a manifesto we expect you to follow. It's a quick way to wake up your brain.
- Have a great week!