The 15 Rules of The Writer’s Code

Just so we're all perfectly clear exactly what is expected of us now that we've decided to be writers.

  1. Don't plagiarize.
  2. Read more than you write.
  3. Read outside your genre.
  4. Make time to write.
  5. Hold yourself accountable for writing.
  6. Be honest with yourself about your writing strengths and weaknesses.
  7. Be honest with others about their writing strengths and weaknesses (if asked).
  8. Provide fair feedback in critiques to receive fair feedback.
  9. Be objective about your work.
  10. Edit your work (more than once) and be willing to make (huge) changes.
  11. Know your voice.
  12. Trust your instincts.
  13. Give back to the writing community.
  14. Don't complain about following your dream.
  15. Support and encourage yourself as much as others.

What rules would you include? Leave your Writer’s Code rules in the comments section below.


  1. Thank you for sharing. =)

  2. Howabout "Try something new?" If you only write one genre, try writing mystery or something you wouldn't try.

  3. Thanks for reading, iklore. Anything I can do to help.

    Chris, great point to add to the list. I'm actually getting ready to do that, so I don't know why I didn't think of it.