Agree or disagree?
I liked this: “don’t show anyone your unfinished work. Keep working on it until you are sure it’s ready.” The thing is, when you think it’s ready, it’s probably still unfinished. I’ve had one book published and now when I read it, I cringe at small mistakes. I’m underway editing a second book with another publisher, and even though it’s been accepted, we’re still editing it. It’s not done. Truth is though, you’ll grow as a writer and a few years it’ll be cringeworthy. Because you’ve gotten better, you’ve smoothed out the rough edges, you may have found/developed a style.
Usually, I spin circles in this section rolling the advice around in my head, so maybe I’m doing it again.
So on to the next part? Are you ready? Probably not. You’re probably not ready to get published, that is. You’ve got to put in the hours, throw away some stuff and keep going. But you are ready to start writing. You can put words on a screen and pen to paper. But not everything you spin out will be gold, and that supports Alexandra’s ‘best’ advice.
That’s probably the main issue with Tumblr. People are just throwing up drafts all over the place, so no one knows what’s good and what’s bad. We’re overwhelmed with your creative content. I don’t want people to judge these blog posts as closely as my ebooks or as closely as they’ll judge my full-length things.
So yeah, be careful. With your words, your time, and your quick trigger finger on the “publish” button.