- There is no one way to become a successful author/illustrator.
- Flash and short stories are quick, fun little nuggets of entertainment, and the market for them is nothing to sneeze at.
- Maybe I'd rather be an illustrator first.
- My novel needs revising.
- I don't like revising larger works and need to learn how to motivate myself
- Procrastinating results in a lot of valid work that is not a novel.
- I can submit that work to magazines.
- I don't need pressure from editors right now.
- Balancing my drawing and writing is not easy and I need time to figure it out.
- I have a million things to do outside of working on my novel.
- There's something better for me than what I thought I wanted.
That last one is the biggest of all.
Recently, I submitted a story only to later discover a higher-paying opportunity I couldn't take. This taught me not to be hasty and not to assume the first thing I see is the best thing out there. Taking hits from query rejections and stressing over finding an agent isn't the only way to become traditionally published. That's not to say I won't ever query again, but I'm going to be smarter about it when I do.
Have you changed your mind about a big goal you once had?