There are many, many of these type of lists. They’re usually called Rules for Writing, and they’re written by some well-known authors. Anne Rice and Stephen King come to mind (you can easily find them by doing a Google search). These are mine. I suppose they could be called rules, but I prefer steps. Very tongue-in-cheek and, yet, there's still a soupçon of truth to them!
1. Make the decision to start writing and/or a commitment to yourself to pursue that dream
2. Commit to it fully by writing daily, signing up for writing classes, joining a writing group, or by applying to an MFA program
3. WRITE, WRITE, WRITE, WRITE, WRITE and WRITE some more
4. READ, READ, READ, READ, READ and READ some more
5. Remember the commitment you made in step #1
6. Repeat steps #3 & #4, over and over and over
7. Repeat steps #3 & #4, over and over and over again
8. Throughout all the above steps, join the writing community, attend literary readings, book festivals, take classes and workshops, go to residencies and conferences
9. Repeat! steps #3 & #4, over and over and over again and again
10. Remain persistent, and vigilant and resilient always!