I write long. I think big. Despite the shortness of these two statements, the truth is that book ideas come more naturally to me than ideas for shorter pieces, especially in fiction. I often have to work to pare down my book ideas to make even those abide by to the length constraints of a publishable manuscript.
But that doesn’t mean I can ignore the shorter mediums, however much I may want to. Unfortunately, I usually do, especially when it comes to fiction. Sure, I produce blog posts. I produce content for clients. But I rarely expend the time, energy, and self-constraint required for shorter published pieces. And I know I’m not the only one with this problem!
So, let’s think of some ways to build our craft by exercising some constraint. First, I’ll share some of my ideas. Then, I’d like to hear yours!
Here it goes:
- Practice makes perfect improvement.
- Encourage force yourself to do it.
- Remember your platform.
- If all else fails, seek DIY publication.
If there’s sufficient interest, I’ll follow up with explanations and opportunities next week.