I just received my monthly royalty check for books I wrote 40 or 50 years ago. It usually runs $100 or a few more, but this month it was three times what I usually received, which means that people are reading more (maybe because of the COVID-19 Virus) but whatever the reason I began to think about people who are always asking me “Show me how to write.”
The great columnist Walter Winchell advised me when I was working on my first book, “Writing is relatively simple. Just write one word after another and make sense.” Sounds simple but there are rules. So to you folks out there who want to write – and you range from teens and forever, here are my first rules for a beginner.