These are the rules of writing to happiness:
Story has developed over time as the best way we know to solve problems in an entertaining way. It took thousands of years to refine what works. Our brain likes a beginning, middle, and end. It likes good guys and bad guys. It likes characters and conflicts. Don’t fight it.
Write the center line of your story and keep it going like an express train racing to its destination. Lengthy character descriptions, internal discussions, and flashbacks just clutter up your story and your mind. There are no awards for having the most characters, subplots, and storylines. Aim to go deep, not wide. Keep it simple. Keep it on track. Stay focused.
We’ve been told it’s a nasty reservoir of lusts but it’s also where your best material floats around to marinate. Give your sub-conscious a hug. It’s part of you, and there’s plenty of good stuff down there. Maybe if you give it a little respect, it will send you some great ideas. It’s safe to give those thoughts some running room when you’re sitting in your office and the only weapon at hand is your keyboard.
Good stories have satisfying conclusions. If you suddenly kill everyone in a car crash or a space craft lands on the family farm, you’ve cheated yourself out of the satisfying resolution to the problem that caused you to write in the first place. Don’t cheat yourself. No car crashes, space ships, or Hail Marys.
Don’t slow down to niggle about specifics or second guess your writing. There’s plenty of time to edit later. No fixing, no nit-piking no going backward.
Typing is throwing a lot of words on a page. Writing is crafting a story so that a real or imagined reader will be engaged in it. It takes time to find the right characters and events for your story. It takes a bit of art and a bit of craft to write a satisfying narrative. That’s why every good writer is a good rewriter. It takes time, but you will get it right.