You might think your writing sucks. So you keep on writing, hoping to get better but never being satisfied.
“I’ll submit something somewhere as soon as I feel good about my work.”
And you’ll tell yourself that over and over again.
And that’ll be reason enough not to put yourself out there.
But you can’t just be idly writing short stories until you make something you like.
You have to think, “What kind of story do I want to read that hasn’t been written yet?”
And then you write it.
It’s also very difficult. The first step is hard.
But just force yourself to sit down and write something you would want to read.
Re-read it. Did you enjoy it?
Wait a few days. Read it again.
Was it fun for you to read? Is it how it should be?
If not, edit.
If so, submit.
Easy as that.
You’ll probably get rejected at first.
“No I won’t!” you cry.
Yeah. You will. That’s what I said.
Collect your rejection letters. Cover your desk in them. Then prove those people wrong. Prove that they’re stupid for not wanting you. How do you do that?
Get published by someone else.
You can’t just write and/or just edit. You have to put yourself out there and make sure that someone is reading what you have to say.
If you don’t think anyone wants to read your work, then ask yourself if you yourself would go out of your way to read it. If not, then don’t bother. Write or do something else. Care about your writing. If you don’t, then who will?