Rules by Bukowski

Usually, when you see the word “rules” in the same sentence as the name Bukowski, the verb “break” is also present.

Then again, these rules on writing aren’t exactly rules; they’re shrapnel from the Dirty Old Man’s mind.

Personal favorite: give yourself time to mature as a writer. I heard that a lot when I was in my 20s, and just starting out. I thought I understood what that meant and maybe I did. The problem, though, was that I only begun to understand the meaning of time after about thirty trips around the sun.

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