Step 1. Write a story in January of 2007 (Clarion)
Step 2. Let it sit until, oh, let’s say last Friday. Think about a re-write, as there’s an anthology which it could fit into nicely. Ignore this, because re-writing is hard.
Step 3. Find another idea.
Step 4. Realize it isn’t that great a story, but write it anyway.
Step 5. Wonder why you hate your story. Ponder going back to story 1, but ignore that internal advice, because re-writing is hard!
Step 6. Wait a day. Wait most of another. get pissed off at 1 am and tear story 1 apart. Realize at 3 am that re-writing is hard. Realize that writing is hard, too. Go to bed.
Step 7. Write 2 drafts of story number 1. Get smart people to read it.
Step 8. Listen to said smart people.
Step 9. Do another draft
Step 10. Push F7
Step 11. Read it out loud.
Step 12. Blog about your process instead of submit.
Step 13. Tell yourself you’ll submit it tomorrow, making the deadline by an entire day.
The end. Patent Pending…