Mario Puzo (author of The Godfather) once wrote ten rules for writing a best-selling novel.
Here they are:
1. Never write in the first person.
2. Never show your stuff to anybody (you’ll get inhibited).
3. Never talk about what you will do until you’ve written it.
4. Rewriting is the whole secret to writing.
5. Never sell your book to the movies before it is published.
6. Never let a personal quarrel ruin a day’s writing.
7. What others see as moodiness is really concentration. It’s the key to writing.
8. A writer’s life should be a tranquil life. Read a lot and see movies.
9. To learn: First, read style books. Then, read novels.
10. Never trust anyone but yourself (especially your critics).