When you publishing your writing, it’s natural to want to hold off until you have all your ducks in a row.
You want the big launch, the perfect record, the instant acclaim.
Thing is, your writing and publishing – and, by extension, your publications themselves – evolve over time. It’s the very act of publishing writing online that helps you improve at it. Starting immaculately is close to a contradiction in terms.
Instead of aiming for the perfect start, then, focus on refining.
You’re only as good – or bad – as your last publication. Don’t be afraid to learn on the job and improve as you go. There’s nothing wrong with looking at your previous work and wanting to improve it or edit it or remove it, but at least get it out there in the first place.
That isn’t an excuse for doing poor work, rather it’s permission to amend.
You should only ever publish writing of which you’re proud, but know that what makes you proud now may well be cringeworthy in a matter of months. And also know that there’s no problem with that.
One of the beauties of being a micropublisher is that you’re in control of your own publications; if something you’ve written drifts into irrelevance, you can go back and update it – or get rid of it entirely.
In a world where information and content shifts at a faster speed that ever before, sometimes you need to wipe the slate clean.
But at least get something on to the slate in the first place.