What Not Not To Wear

As a writer, there are a few articles of clothing that are
must-haves. So fling open your closet door and make sure you can pull these
garments off a hanger…
Something Bold
It takes courage to send out a manuscript. Your writing shows
what’s on the inside of you and that’s scary when you reveal it in a public
forum. What if…gasp…an editor doesn’t like it? That’s why you need to cloak yourself
in boldness and send your work out anyway.
Something Comfy
This is for the days you’d rather park your rear on the
couch and eat bonbons instead of slogging away through writing the next
chapter. You know the one. The stinker in the middle of your WIP that you need
to make exciting, but you’ve kind of run out of steam. Slap on a cozy sweater,
grab a cup of java, and hunker down until you’ve got that chapter finished. You
can always edit later.
Yeah, you can get away with writing in your jammies and
bunny slippers, but there will come a day when you’ve got to meet with an agent,
an editor, a publisher. Your pink fluffy robe will NOT cut it no matter how
adorable you think it is.
Something Perky
Rejection stings plus it’s depressing. For days like that,
pull out an item that makes you smile, even if your family’s tried to pawn it
off on Goodwill several times.
Keep at it long enough and eventually you will have some
kind of success. You don’t have to wait around for the big one—the contract
with a major publisher. Celebrate the small victories along the way, the
proposal that’s requested, the contest that you won, the invitation to be a
guest on a well-known blog.
Something Heroic
Last but certainly not least, you should have a Super Hero
Cape within easy reach. Come on. Admit it. You’ve always wanted to be one but
took to writing fiction because it’s more socially acceptable than winging
around town in a cape and tights.
If you find your closet lacking in any of these areas, go
ahead and make a trip to the mall. But honestly, did you really need my
permission to go shopping?
Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas…professionally, however, for the past 10 years. Her latest release, UNDERCURRENT, is available by Risen Books. You can find her at: Writer Off the Leashwww.mmgriep.com or on TwitterFacebook, or Pinterest.