Don’t Sabotage Your Writing Career Before It Takes Off – Part 4


Sticking To One Genre Of Writing

Be open to writing other things besides novels. It’s interesting to read and listen to some writers whose basis for measuring other writers’ writing career depends on published novels while leaving novellas, short stories and poetry behind for those whom they term ‘amateur writers.’

Writing, Writing Career, Short Stories, Stories, Novels, Poetry

A ‘writing career’ is first all about writing and earning a living through your writing. Then the second aspect of your writing career is choosing to specialize. Focusing on one area narrows your reach. Some writers struggle to acknowledge themselves as one because they have don’t have published novels in their catalogue thereby underrating their creative channels.

A good number of magazines publish fiction and you could boost your income by getting short stories and poems published.

There are possibilities that if you have more publishing credits under your belt you will find a publisher for your books faster.

While waiting for the jackpot of writing that earth-shattering novel that would sell for a movie – which would probably take years, if ever, you could tap into the goldmine of short stories, novellas, poetry etc.

Get pragmatic! Check here for more writing tips.

So, tell me, what are your thoughts? Do you prefer sticking to a certain genre of writing?

I am Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha. A freelance writer, author and serial blogger. I am a passionate life enthusiast, a peoples' person who loves to read, write and tell stories. I love the art of photography and how a single image tells many stories. My driving objective is not only to achieve my creative goals and full potentials but to hopefully serve and inspire others who are equally on the same quest as I. Connect with me on social media. I would love to hear from you.


  1. Reply

    Dear Jacqueline food for thought and great advice as always.

    I am clueless about different genres . I am not a natural writer abd can be so last min with my blog.

    But i love these posts of your as they inspire and motivate me

    Thanks for sharing

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    You are right like normal. I should just write my short stories and try to find a purchaser for them. Save my dreams of writing a full length novel for later in life! Thanks for the wake up call.

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    Jacqueline, this is such a thought provoking post.

    I’ve think all literary forms have their place and all of them are valid disciplines.

    I can’t imagine dismissing those who are passionate about writing poetry and short stories as amateur.

    We remember Walt Whitman and Oscar Wilde, yet when they were alive only Wilde was considered the pro.

    Whitman was self published and most critics dismissed Whitman as an amateur or worse, a pornographer.

    There was a time, and it wasn’t that long ago, when you weren’t considered a ‘real writer’ if you self published.

    Today we remember Oscar Wild as a literary genius who wrote poetry, plays, criticism and novels.

    Whitman is remembered as the poet who wrote the first truly American poem.

    He is also considered one of America’s most visionary poets.

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