Monday Rules (Part 11)

HINTS: Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to classes. Read anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully, often. Save everything. It might come in handy later.

Nobody can make a list and stick to it.

The hippies were given their 10 Principles of Burning Man, but immediately added Consent as the "11th Principle."

I may or may not have written a chapter on the 10th Precept, nine somehow not being enough.

And here we have Sister Corita Kent, unable to resist tacking on "hints" to her nine rules.

That's as it should be, of course.  The creative process is too messy, too organic, to be defined or contained by a simple list. Just when you think you have it all defined, some vital exception slips out from under the gate and the chase is on again.

So, RULE #1: Do not ever ever ever listen to anyone who tells you that their rules contain the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, and that their rules will solve your creative issues for you.

RULE #2: Make up your own rules.

See — that was easy, wasn't it?

I am leaving for a trip to Italy on Saturday, so I will knock out a Fun Friday Resources post but then will take the next week and a half off. Between packing and actually getting the placement map for Alchemy done, I won't have time to write five posts ahead of time and schedule them, and I'm not planning on doing any real work while wandering around Florence. So you go out and Make the Thing That Is Not, and I'll see you back here in a couple of weeks.  (I may or may not blog about the trip over at