Steve Almond Talks Writing Rules

Author Steve Almond kicks off the conversation in our #Muse18 blog series. 

Most of the rules I hear about proceed from a posture of absurd surety. They have that haughty flavor of dogma. And this applies not just to writing rules, but rules about the life of a writer, or promoting your work.

For instance: You have to have a social media presence. Bullshit. Most aspiring writers have a social media presence. That’s not what gets them a book deal. You need a strong manuscript. In fact, spending time on social media generally distracts you from the arduous (doubt-choked) work of writing that manuscript. It distracts me, anyway.

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