1) It's practice. Writing short stories helps me get better at telling stories in a concise and compelling way. If you want to get better at piano, you have to practice the piano every day, right? Same with writing.
2) It's an opportunity for income. As I submit more stories the more opportunity I have to earn money from the sales of said stories. Yes, there are plenty of paying markets still out there. Lots of different pay rates, but still, it's a great way to get paid for writing.
3) Writing short stories and getting them published is like free advertising for my other published works. People might read a story of mine online or in a magazine and, if they like it, might look me up and buy something else I've written. Perfect way to make money and get free advertising!
Today, I searched for a fantasy story that had been languishing on my computer and edited and expanded it, tightened the plot and gave it more oomph. I'm really happy with the results.
I then sent it off to a fantasy magazine. If they reject it, no worries. I'll send it out to another market until it finds a home. Now to make sure my spreadsheet is updated so I can track my story subs. Because I plan on writing more and submitting more in the coming weeks and months.
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