The value of short fiction isn’t something a reader can decide, nor is it something the authors and industry can, either. It’s a system of checks and balances that has been out of whack for a very long time.
Last summer, I wrote a manuscript in around 35-40 days. My plans for this summer involved revising it and getting the first draft of a sequel written. However, I squandered May, and when June 1 rolled around, though, it was like the calendar jumped right off my wall and slapped me in the face. I realized that my time was limited, and that if I really intended to have a polished draft of the novel to beta readers by the end of summer, much less a drafted sequel, I had to really step it up.
Here’s the thing: you’ll probably never make a living by writing. Even if you luck into selling a manuscript, it’s unlikely that it will even pay your mortgage. No more amateur hour, no more kid gloves, and no more training wheels. (And no more motivational platitudes, am I right?) If you don’t treat writing like the job you want it to be right now, it will never happen.
Some writers can write anything. They’ll decide one day to sit down and bang out a Western — because they’ve never written a Western before — and POW! They’ve done it. Okay, I don’t know too many people like that — any, really — but I know lots of writers who think of themselves that way. But it’s not so easy to just pick a genre and immediately start writing.
After finishing my novel’s first draft, I learned a few things about writing fiction, and two of the most important are the importance of chapter length and just what “show, don’t tell” means.
Today, I want to discuss a few of the different types of blogs out there. While “blogging” is pretty general in terms of meaning–getting your content published regularly–the method by which you publish that content should be distinct, as it will have the most direct connection to what type of audience you have.