Write for Publication
The serious writer writes for publication. It makes us stretch, go out on the limb, stick our necks out and all those other clichés. (Sometimes clichés are the best, aren't they?) With it goes having a daily (week day) practice of writing and having a set time and a goal for the day. How many words or pages? You get the idea. If I'm writing for publication then I am formatting my work so that if I want to send it out to an agent or editor, it is ready to go. Digital publishing format is a little different. (See post on formatting.) If I'm writing to publish, I start thinking about my readers, the market I'm writing for. I start studying submission guidelines, peruse writer magazines to see who is seeking what, get out Writer's Market and look up publishers. You can write for writing sake, but then your feet are not to the fire.