New Rules Of The Game by Susan Lute
The Hunger Games, the movie, is coming to the big screen at the end of the month. That has nothing to do with the tiny wrinkle in my plan to live the life of a full time writer, except to say I could break a rule in the first month of writerly employment.
The wrinkle? Thursday wasn’t my last day of work. There are a few more hours to put in over the next two days. Rest assured I’ll send up fireworks when I’ve driven that long commute for the last time. In the meantime, I’ve had a chance to plot and plan – are you surprised? Here are some rules, fresh from my fingertips via the keyboard. I think I’m up to the challenge.
Rule one. No internet before 10am. Except for research. I originally thought I’d go for noon, but I’m not that strong. Too curious. Didn’t want to fall on my caboose the first day.
Rule two. Write four hours a day. This seems reasonable, and a no-brainer, only I’m having a hard time keeping that caboose in the chair. I think it needs training, so changed this to: Write three pages a day. Better.
Rule three. Write something every day. ‘Nough said.
Rule four. No squirrels. Don’t get distracted. Hence the possibility of breaking this rule in the first month. A movie at the movie house, in town, is definitely a distraction. Though The Hunger Games could be considered research. Have you read the book? If you haven’t, drive to your local book store and buy it, or download asap. Great first book in the trilogy.
Rule five. Finish three current works-in-progress. Publish something new. Publish on Smashwords. Print publish at Lightening Source. Study. Learn. Plot and plan some more. Be bold. Be brave. Be myself. Know who that girl is.
Rule six. Don’t sweat rule five. Have fun. Forget the small stuff. Stop biting the fingernails. Dance. Laugh. Be happy.
So the next leg of the journey, and yours, if you want to skip along with me, is just through that door right there.
How many are planning to see The Hunger Games? And what is the first rule you’d break if you were taking on writing full-time?
Posted on March 4, 2012, in General and tagged be bold, be brave, distraction, don't sweat the small stuff, New rules, publish, rule one, squirrels, Susan Lute, The Hunger Games, write, writing. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.