We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The 'ten rules for writing fiction' article is good fun indeed. As someone who wrote words for money all her working life, albeit not fiction but still with constant deadlines to meet, let me add one bit of advice. To begin, write something down. if desperate to meet deadlines, write anything down -- facts which you have organized, plot outlines if you are writing fiction, even penmanship exercises. Anything. This tells you you are the master of what you're going to produce, not the other way around.
If it's something fictional and you're stuck, take a run at it from another direction. 'What would happen if I did it this way,' is a good question to ask yourself. If you're in love with a character who stubbornly won't fit into the plan you have for him, turn him around, kick him off in another direction. If you're writing a factual piece about a complex subject, pick another angle from which to approach it.
I once heard a talk by Robert Parker, the author of the 'Spenser' books, which impressed me. Many folks adored the Spenser books, partly because the dialogue is so "dead on" realistic. He said that he made a rule to write at least five 'ready for press' pages each day. That doesn't sound like much, until you realize that these were pages with final, polished prose ready to be printed by the big bad publishers in a real book that they would sell.
If one does that every day of the year, pretty soon you've got a book, and royalty checks which will support your lifestyle in the way to which you'd like to become accustomed. And fame and fortune too.