Step One: Procure writing assistant. Local PetSmart adoption event is a good place to look.**
Step Two: Give new assistant a few days to become acclimated. Don’t force him to work right away.
Step Three: Start working on edits at dining room table and wait. The assistant will appear and lie all over your notes.
Step Four: Move assistant off of your notebook.
Step Five: Move assistant off of your notebook.
Step Six: Move assistant off of your notebook.
Step Seven: Give up and decamp to the king-sized bed, where you can spread out with laptop, notes, AND assistant.
Step Eight: Congratulations. You have been successfully trained by your new writing assistant.
**I’m a huge advocate of pet rescue. Please consider your local shelters if you are thinking about adding a furry friend to your family. Our home’s been feeling empty of late, so that particular day we took home three adult cats, including Xander here, up for adoption from a local county shelter. #AdoptDontShop