How Writers Can Benefit From the Short Story Market

There are countless writers out there who dream of someday selling a novel manuscript and being able to make a full-time living as a professional writer or novelist. Just imagine being able to quit your day job and spend your time doing what you love, writing and editing your own manuscripts, attending book reading events, and promoting your work. Many professional writers eventually go on to receive a job as a creative writing professor at a local university, teaching students how to perfect their own craft. It’s a great dream, but unfortunately most amateur writers take the wrong approach to trying to get their work published and become a full-time professional writer. Here are a few tips about using the short story market to perfect your writing, get your name out there and eventually sell a novel manuscript.

First, let’s get a few things straight about publishing short stories. It’s definitely not glamorous, and there’s not a whole lot of money in it. Most literary magazines only give a few bucks to writers for the short stories they publish, so it isn’t going to make you rich. And their readership is usually very low, so you aren’t going to become famous by publishing short stories, either. Sure, there are a few exceptions to the rule that have huge readerships and give big payouts if they decide to publish your work, but getting your writing accepted there is extremely tough, even if you are a superb writer.

So, if the short story market pays so poorly and has such a low readership, why do we suggest that you go there first if you eventually want to become a novelist? Well, there are a three reasons. The first is that the short story market helps writers perfect their writing, and the feedback you receive from editors will help you become a better short story writer and novelist. The second is that it helps you get used to how to actually submit work to editors, and the process that is involved with getting published. And the third is that it will help you build up your writing resume. A publishing company is much more likely to read a manuscript from a writer who has been published in several literary magazines, even if they were small publications.

There is also another reason why getting published in small literary magazines is good for the new writer, and that is it helps bolster your own self esteem as a writer. Even if it is a small literary magazine, there’s nothing like the feeling of seeing your work in print for the first time. When an editor makes a conscious decision to choose your writing over the work of someone else, and publishes it in his magazine, it is a great encouragement. You’ll be able to share your published work with friends and colleagues, and it will make you feel much more legitimate as a writer.

So if you want to be the next great novelist, don’t be afraid to explore the short story market before taking a stab at your first novel. It will help you become a better writer, learn about the submission and publication process, and help you build up a solid resume for potential publishers to look at the next time you submit your writing.

The Benefit of Routine for the Writer

If you are a very artistic and spontaneous sort of person, you will probably feel like hitting the little cross at the top right of this web page right now, and moving on to another site.

You may be the sort of person who says ‘I hate routine’ or ‘creativity and routine don’t seem to go together’.

However, think of all the most creatively talented people you know. How much would they achieve if they never actually applied themselves to regularly and consistently turning up for work?

One historical figure who changed the art world permanently is rightly admired for his incredible creativity: Michelangelo, who lived 1475 to 1564. You can be sure that if he hadn’t turned up at the Sistine chapel or his other creative enterprises each day, ready for the routine of working at his craft, no-one would know his name today.

The creative ‘muse’ is an amazing characteristic of artistic people. However, if you prefer to just rely on waiting for your muse to get you going, it will likely let you down as soon as you get in a funk for any reason.

So how can routine – that daily schedule of working at certain times of day – help you?

• Routine tells our conscious mind that it is now time to focus. This is important in a world which is loudly and persistently trying to distract us. The benefit of routine increases as the habit develops.

• Our sub-conscious mind also benefits from being allowed space. Dreaming, which is what using our sub-conscious mind often feels like, has become increasingly difficult in this busy world. A routine may be just what you need, so set aside time for creative outlet, and not just the methodical, analytical aspects of writing.

Routine doesn’t mean you should never aim to write just for the fun of it, of course. The ‘creative’ side of you is more likely to appreciate spontaneity, and that’s okay.

Here are just two points to help you keep to your routines:

1. Part of developing a routine means knowing your own body rhythms. Don’t set yourself a morning routine just because your famous author uncle always worked at that time of day. Morning is the best time of day for a majority of writers, from what I can tell, but it doesn’t suit everyone.

2. If you work at home, and have children at home, or friends and family who are accustomed to call on you whenever it suits them, you are going to have to ask them to respect your routine.

Benefit from the Experience of a Lifetime

My brother-in-law is an American. He wanted to be a sailor since he was a child. He longed for the outside world, and he would like to travel the world before returning to school. Although his father was a doctor and family economic circumstances was good, his parents did not give him money. He also did not ask from his parents.

Graduated from high school, he went to Alaska logging to save money, because Alaska has a long summer of sunshine, the sun was down to midnight, and rose up at three in the morning. If he worked 16 hours a day, then his wages of wood cutting each season would let him travel around the world three quarters. After two years he traveled the world before returning to university to study. Because he was under careful consideration before deciding on his study of the department, he completed four-year credits within three years, and then went out of employment. He worked very well, and we could say a meteoric rise, until he has been done the Chief Engineer. Once, he told me a story that affected his life.

When he was working in Alaska, he heard the wolf howl in the mountains with a friend, they are very nervous and searched around, finally found a female wolf foot was arrested by animal control grip, and was howling, he saw the strange animal traps and knew it was from a veteran worker. He was an amateur trapper, and sold fur to support his family, but this old man had a heart attack by helicopter to Anchorage hospital to receive first aid. Then the female wolf would starve to death because of no processing. He wanted to release the female wolf, but it was ferocious, he could not close. He also found that drops of milk in the female wolf, which proved that there were coyotes in the wolf hole. So he and companions went to great lengths to find wolf hole, and held four coyotes to wolf at the nurse, so as not to starve to death. Besides, he gave his own food to the female wolf in order to maintain its life. He also camped near the wolf at night to protect the wolf family, because the wolf had been caught, unable to defend themselves.

Until the fifth day, he went to feed, he found female wolf’s tail a little shake, and he knew he had begun to gain the trust of the wolf. Another three days, the female wolf let him close enough to release the beast clip. Then the wolf received freedom and licked his hands, even let my brother medicine to its feet, then it went away with coyotes, turned back to look at him all the way.

He told me that he has been very grateful to the experience of Alaska, because it makes his life ever meaningful.