Some useful words of advice…
Do you suffer anxiety about whether your writing is any good? If you don’t, you’re probably not doing it right. You get lots of advice and encouragement when you start writing. Most of it is well-meaning. Much of it is wrong – at least for you. There’s one thing I wished I’d known when I started. Of course, like most well-meaning advice, it may not be valid for you. But my advice is write and publish short stories, even if your main interest is novels.
Why? Many reasons, but these were the main ones for me:
- Polish your craft.
- Boost your confidence
- Measure your ability.
- Build a track record.
Polish your craft
Short stories are short. You can write them faster than a novel and revise them more easily. It’s a simpler apprenticeship to serve.
Boost your confidence
Publishing and selling a novel is hard. It takes lots of work…
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Thanks for posting this. It is a timely reminder. A publication with one’s name goes a long way to boosting one’s self-confidence. I am waiting for responses from several online magazines and check Duotrope daily.
Good luck, and well done.