I’ve never gotten past Rule Number One and probably never will but if I ever did seriously try to write a book, or even a short story, the rule that would give me the most trouble is Rule Three: You Must Refrain From Rewriting, Except to Editorial Order. I don’t see how I could not rewrite. I can’t get even get through a blog post without rewriting and rewriting and rewriting. And then later I still think, “I wish I’d said that differently.”
Also, just the idea of an editor telling me I have to change something I wrote discourages me from even trying. I want my work to be all my work. If it has my name on it should be 100 percent my ideas and my words. I guess that’s very unprofessional of me. Editors are a fact of life for writers. So I guess that’s another reason I’ll never be a writer.