Being a writer is tough. It takes a lot of hard work, a lot of time, and a lot of courage. Because it’s not just the rejection or the feeling that people don’t like your writing, but it’s more about the work you’re putting onto paper before anyone even gets to read your stuff. Writing a first draft, which sometimes can be a very daunting task, then rewriting, editing, changing parts, adding or removing, and doing this over and over again can be frustrating.
And, sadly, perfectionism kills everything in this art. Given enough time, nothing’s quite ready. Camilo Jose Cela said that even after twenty or thirty years since the publication of his novel, The Family of Pascual Duarte, when he read it he found parts he wished to change. But you need to know when to let go, because no story is ever going to be perfect. You just publish it, or submit it to a magazine, or do whatever you want with it, and then you don’t ever have to read it again. At least that’s how I feel sometimes; I can’t wait to finish a story and never have to read it again. That’s particularly true when you’re editing and no matter how much you change, nothing seems right.
Then there’s the constant fear of rejection. You work hard on a story, and no one likes to waste time and energy on an useless endeavor. But Bradbury found a fix for all this. Writing one story every week and submitting it to a magazine.
I strongly believe that one of the surest ways to write something good is to write a lot. Not have a one hundred page lump sitting on your desk, and you constantly adding one more comma, or re-arranging chapters for six-seven years before you’ll finally find the guts to share it with the world.
Yes, time makes things better, and it’s always better to distance yourself from what you wrote. At least a month or so, but I’m just saying that it’s a good idea to always write new stuff, even if it’s crap.