1. Get a job and keep it. This "job" won't be writing, probably; it'll be counting things or working a register or mulching pear trees or sweeping floors in bowling alleys or delivering pizzas or teaching 6th graders or working in a snotty atheletic shop or cutting meat at Whole Foods or something. Keep this job: it's the job that pays rent or mortgage, bills, you know.2. Write.3. Submit your work.