The Ten Writing Commandments– With the greatest of apologies to the revolutionary Lin-Manuel Miranda.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine
It’s the Ten Writing Commandments
The challenge: demand satisfaction
If you commit to write
now set your plan of action
If you do, grab a friend
that’s your second
Your helpful eyes when there’s editing to be edited.
Have your list of ideas just in case
Negotiate a topic
And negotiate a time and place
If you can’t draft a piece, that’s alright
Time to scour your files or old drafts to rewrite
Write before the sun is in the sky
Pick a post to write, make it short and wry.
Maybe write a post describing your next of kin
Tell ’em how you feel
Pray that something original you begin.
Or confess your sins
Ready for the moment of adrenaline
when you finally write your prose or poem
Your last chance to articulate
throw away your seconds,
Get ready to set the record straight
Look onto the screen, aim no higher
Summon all the energy you require
One two three four
Five six seven eight nine