7 Rules for Writing by Daniel H. Pink

Daniel H. Pink

Daniel H. Pink

**Tips obtained from danpink.com**

1. Show up. Get to work even when you don’t feel like writing—especially when you don’t feel like writing.

2. Write every day. Regaining momentum takes three times as much energy as sustaining momentum. (Look it up: It’s a law of literary physics.)

3. Don’t do anything else until you’ve written five hundred words. I mean it.

4. Move. Some of my best ideas come when I’m climbing the stairs of my house or running in my neighborhood.

5. Once you’ve produced a semi-credible draft of a section or chapter, have someone read it to you aloud. Hearing your words will make you rethink—and sometimes regret—them.

6. Remember that writing, though solitary, is also social. You’re making a promise to readers. Honor that promise.

7. These rules work for me. Your mileage may vary.

From Wikipedia:

Daniel H. Pink is an American author and journalist. From 1995 to 1997, he worked for Vice President Al Gore in the capacity of chief speechwriter, and before that as an aide to Secretary of Labor Robert Reich.


  • 2012: To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others, ISBN 978-1-59448-715-6
  • 2009: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, ISBN 978-1-59448-884-9
  • 2008: The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need, ISBN 978-1-59448-291-5
  • 2005: A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, ISBN 978-1-59448-171-0
  • 2001: Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourself, ISBN 978-0-446-67879-7

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