Well, this week I can finally say I published something! I've not only added a chapter to my FanFiction, which will hopefully wrap up this week, but I've also published a flash fiction on my site! This weekly "Flash Fiction Friday" isn't quite as 'weekly' as I originally had hoped.
This week I wrote a brief instance in the lives of characters I have planned out for a series. Since it is a series of books, I haven't started on any of them yet. I partly feel like I should manage to finish a stand-alone book first before I attempt something that large.
However, in the meantime, I can practice the various characters' tone, voice, perspective, personality, etc. For the most part, I've kept my flash fiction as basic fiction, not really dancing into anything too fanciful or sci-fi. But how will I ever get better at what I want if I don't practice it?
"But for those who want to write for an audience and get published, it’s essential to not neglect the communication phase, to have other people look at your work continuously, so you begin to see what your weaknesses are, and then act to resolve those weaknesses." -What One Literary Agent Claims Is More Valuable Than an MFA
I was worried about publishing too much on my site and shooting myself in the foot when it came to finding a publisher. I thought these little pieces that probably wouldn't make it into any novel was a safe bet. However, based on a quick google search, if I retain the rights to the story, I can publish it on my site and still take to a publisher. Not 100% sure I want to trust this brief search and random website, but if I can start publishing my first novel on here, I can get feedback and update it as I go.
"Is a self-published book offered in electronic format considered previously published?
The majority of literary agents are willing to consider a book that has been published electronically (published in a digital, nonprint format) as long as the author holds all rights. However, you may need to remove your book from online bookstores and take your book down from the Internet." -Writer's Relief
The whole point of trying to write a novel is to have fun, so I'm not going to stress over any of it too much. Just keep doing more of what I'm doing and eventually get my 1,000 hours.
PS. All of my blog images are my own and all my fiction images are stock images. Since I'm doing weekly updates, I feel like I should use an image I've shot in the past week, but then it would just be shots of cats.