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Saturday, June 16, 2012

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.

Something Businesslike
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.

Something Partylicious
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 or on TwitterFacebook, or Pinterest.


  1. You always look good, so I'd better pay attention, huh? ;o)

    1. But not half as good as you when you don your cheerleader costume!

  2. I've been meaning to do a closet check anyway. This gives me one more good reason. Well...and the permission to shop:)

    1. What time shall I meet you at the mall?

  3. Don't forget the ruby slippers! Because after living in your fantasy world all day, there's no place like home! Where you have your kids, spouse, and that toilet that needs cleaning to bring you back to reality.

    Sounds great, eh? But without reality, where would your ideas for your fantasy world come from?

  4. Dang it! How could I possibly have forgotten shoes?! Perfect idea, buddy.

  5. Great post, Michelle. I'd also add we need a good pair of sturdy boots to hit the social media pavement and build our author platforms. Connect with people, and build friends, fans and followers who will be the evangelists who promote our books.

  6. Sweet! I've been eying up this pair of black leather boots at Herbergers and you've just given me a great reason to go buy them. Thanks Julian!


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