Seeking the Lost
They are the tools I use to get away from it all—
my car keys with the Lucky Strikes chain,
and they are missing again.
It is my connection in case of emergency.
It is my cell,
and it is misplaced, as well.
It is my help in times of forgetfulness—
my rock made of paper.
It is my day planner.
It is the commander of my hands.
It is my mind,
and it is forgetful sometimes.
I seek the lost everyday,
for I am every bit as lost as they.
1. Rather than trying to submit to everything, read and study certain publications that interest you and write for them. If you want to submit a book to a publisher, study what the publisher publishes, and that should give you a fairly good idea if your work will be a good fit for them.
2. Blog at least twice a week. (I’ve found that posting my Writer’s Digest Wednesday prompts really helps me keep this goal.)
3. Try to submit as often as you write.
4. Seek to entertain others, rather than sell yourself. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve not followed someone back on Twitter because every tweet is about their book.
5. Write at least 500 words (committed) 700 (uncommitted) words a day. If you can do more, great, but I found the 1667 daily words required for NaNoWriMo overwhelming.
6. If you have an unfinished novel, finish it.
7. Remember the Dictionary.com Word of the Day by using it in a well-written sentence.
8. If one of your novels isn’t picked up by an agent or publisher by (insert time frame), make a commitment to self-publish. It can work for you: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/film/the-martian/andy-weir-author-interview/
9. Manage your time like you would manage your money. Allocate not only the amount of time, but when to use it for certain activities. (It’s always too early in the morning for social media).
10. And this is the most important: make time for people, for other activities, so that you will have a good life—a life worth writing about.