Writers Should Start Short and Then Go Long
In “How to Write a Book,” I posted that the best approach for aspiring book authors is to start out with shorter pieces. No one wants to hear that, but it’s true.
Shorter pieces let writers experiment and learn—quickly. Feedback is fast. And in an online world, corrections are easy to make.
For nonfiction writers, shorter pieces mean blog posts and articles.
For fiction it means short stories.
Over the years, I’ve written a couple thousand blog posts, which are mostly on my main website and with many more here on this site. (I once had five blogs going. Now I’ve consolidated them and am down to two.)
I’ve also written hundreds of articles—both in print and online—many of which I’ve compiled and catalogued here on this site as well.
In addition, I’ve ghost-written several hundred pieces—mostly blog posts along with some articles—for my writing clients too.
These amount to more than one million words. And I wrote most of them before I published my first book, which now total two dozen—and growing. They are all listed here in the books section, as well as other places, too, such as my main website and my business writing website.
I’ve not done nearly as much in the fiction area, but I did cut my teeth on short stories before attempting novels. Though a few of my short stories have been published, my novels are still in progress, but I am getting closer to publication.
I just need to allocate time to work on them.
Moving Forward with Shorter Pieces and Long
I’ll continue to write short, as I now focus on writing long.
I have a list of over one hundred book ideas, which should keep me busy for a long time.