1. It’s not a blank page; it’s a clean slate.
2. If you can’t play like a child, you can’t create like an adult.
3. Always work with your muse. But also work without her.
4. The audience is not that patient.
5. Structure is for the audience’s unconscious mind, not their conscious one.
6. Everybody likes a surprise.
8. Nothing should be arbitrary.
9. The best creations only appear to be effortless.
10. Generate a body work, even without venue for it.
If you didn’t like this column, you most certainly won’t enjoy my previous one: Where I Found the Toothbrush
About the Author: Dr. Kevin Delin took a few writing courses (among other things) at MIT from playwright A.R. Gurney and author Frank Conroy. Unable to convince backers to turn his textbook, Foundations of Applied Superconductivity, into the Broadway spectacular it deserved to be, he has found other ways of making mischief in the entertainment industry. In addition to writing, he uses his extensive tech background and work experience in both Silicon Valley and NASA to advise those who want to ground their entertainment in science. You can follow him on Twitter @KDelin and read his other writings at Script Magazine.