Here's a wonderful article I found called The Ten Commandments for Writers written by none other than THE Barbara Dawson Smith.
It was so appropriate to what we do as writers that I couldn't resist sharing. Of course, I'd probably extend number 8 to include "thou shalt not bear false witness against thy fellow writer, publisher, editor or agent. "
These are very good "commandments" to live by.
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THE TEN COMMANDMENTS FOR WRITERS
Barbara Dawson Smith
I. Respect for thy fellow authors is the Lord, thy God, and thou shalt not worship the false gods of fame and fortune.
II. Thou shalt not take the name of a fellow author in vain.
III. Remember to keep holy thy writing days.
IV. Honor thy editor and thy agent.
V. Thou shalt not kill thy neighbor's ego while critiquing her work, though purple prose may be slain at will.
VI. Thou shalt not allow thy hero or thy heroine to commit adultery.
VII. Thou shalt not steal plot ideas or words from thy fellow authors.
VIII. Thou shalt not bear false witness against another author by spreading gossip or by criticizing her work to booksellers and reviewers.
IX. Thou shalt not covet thy neighboring author's husband, even if thine own refuses to support thy work.
X. Thou shalt not covet thy neighboring author's contract, nor her place on the New York Times bestseller list.
©Barbara Dawson Smith