Last February, I entered a contest while I was lying in bed sick. When I discovered I had only a day or two to submit to this particular one, I slapped together my required word count and shot it off.
A few days ago, I could have thrown up when I looked up my submission and discovered what I'd sent. A not-very-well-put-together-unread-version of something that should have been edited better.
Lazy is the best word I can use to describe myself in those kind of situations. It makes me want to throw up when I think about what I did. It isn't the first time either.
So here's my advice to help you not do what I did.
How to Avoid being a Lazy Writer
(or how to keep your work from ending up in the toilet)
1. Take the time to read and reread anything you send out for all errors. I forgot to change every name in the piece as I trusted the computer to do it for me.
2. Lay it out in an acceptable way--spacing and page breaks and indentation. It does matter to an editor how it looks.
3. Pass on a submission opportunity if you don't have the time to send your best--do it another time when you do.
PS --Yes, that was my office in the picture yesterday but it's only clean cause of the house being for sale!