Nathan linked to this article first in his Friday blog post - click on Elmore Leonard's name to get to the actual article. But, I figured I'd also give you the link here.
What in the heck have I linked you to? Well, rules, rules, and more rules! Weren't you paying attention to the title of this blog post?
The rules, as far as I can tell, were provided by various authors with just a touch, if not more than a touch, of snarkiness in some - well, probably most - cases.
Last, but not least, there's a totally separate article here that has a dandy piece of advice: make your own rules!
Yes, toss away all those other rules and make your own. Woo-hoo!
BTW - I've got a great head start on making my own rules. How about you??
Oh, and though I've already given Nathan the credit, I'm doing it again, because without him, I wouldn't have found these links in the first place. So, make sure to check out his blog . . . here!