I wouldn't encourage new writers to start off publishing through electronic media... it still isn't wide enough for the readership they would need to get a good start.
Mostly I'm telling people that they don't have to be victims.
Make no judgements where you have no compassion.
What I used to do between writing fits was feed my kids, ride my horse and go shopping for cat and dog food.
I did not have a chance to write novels until my youngest child started school fulltime.
I don't often reread my own books, unless I am going into another in the series and need to refresh my mood when originating the concept.
I have my good days and my bad days, but I don't have as much energy as I used to back when I was young and foolish and didn't count the cost - and it takes a lot - to write.
I would recommend the short story form, which is a lot harder to write since you have to be so careful with words, until there is plenty of time to doodle through a novel.
That's what writing is all about, after all, making others see what you have put down on the page and believing that it does, or could, exist and you want to go there.
But Ship Who Sang remains my favorite story. I really rocked folks with that and still cannot read it aloud myself without weeping at the end.
I think writers need windows on a view to remind them that a whole world is out there, not the minutiae with which they might be dealing on a close scale.
I have a shelf of comfort books, which I read when the world closes in on me or something untoward happens.
People have freaked out when I tell them that my dragons are scientifically based... what else can you call a genetically engineered life form?
A good story is a good story no matter who wrote it.
The thing is, emotion - if it's visibly felt by the writer - will go through all the processes it takes to publish a story and still hit the reader right in the gut. But you have to really mean it.
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