RULE ONE: YOU MUST SELL YOUR SOUL TO AN ALL KNOWING CREATURE OF ANOTHER DIMENSION IN ORDER TO EVEN BE CONSIDERED ALLOWED TO--
Oh, hold on. That's the rules of something else.
Authors, writers, scribblers seasoned and starting. Have you been writing for X amount of time yet you've never really known what the rules of the craft really are? Well we're about to tell you. We're about to not tell you. We're about to tell you something and whether you find it useful is completely up to you.
Take a look at this short little instruction manual: The Rules of Building a Shelf, to learn how you can tackle the-- oh come on, wrong again? Sorry. *clears throat*
Take a look at this short little instruction manual: The Rules of Writing, to learn absolutely nothing or absolutely everything you need to know about what it takes to write a good story.
Spoiler alert: writing is--
What do you mean that's the overall message of the entire book and we shouldn't ruin it? Okay, fine. Guess you'll have to read the book to find out.