I've had it with people telling me to write a novel instead of a novella. Why do I put up with writing advice from people who aren't writers? I've spent my writing career trying to stretch my stories into something that they're not... Going against my own rule.
Some writers will tear their hair out over story length. I was sitting in my One-Act Play class during junior year of college, discussing the instructions on writing a paper with my classmates. I don't recall what the paper was about, but I remember our professor telling us it needed to be double-spaced, 12 pt. font, Times News Roman, and all that jazz. She also told us about all of the points we needed to cover, but one thing she didn't address was the length of the paper.
It may seem silly to have fears and anxieties over a dream that you have had your whole life, but it's true... we all have them. We may not realize that we have them. But let me tell you, they are there, and they are real. They lurk in the darkest recesses, waiting for the most inopportune moments to pounce. The best weapon I've found to use against them, it simply to be aware of their existence. Acknowledge the fear, accept that it's there and that's usually half of the battle.
So you've got an idea for a story, but you're fretting over what genre or category you're going to put it in when it's ready for sale. Or maybe you're just starting out as a writer, and you want to build your platform and marketing base before you write anything... STOP. Don't worry yourself over literary labels. First, focus on writing your story, THEN worry about marketing and building a platform.
If you want to be productive or even prolific in your craft, one of the many things you must do is identify and eliminate your biggest distractions. This is a lot easier said than done, since you may have distractions that you aren't even aware of. The easiest way to track them down is to pay attention to where your time goes.
In September 2015, I opened my heart and mind to the concept of minimalism. For years, I had cringed whenever I heard the word, not truly understanding what it meant. For some reason, September 2015 was a turning point, and I decided to embrace it. I cursed myself for not trying it sooner. In 2016, to celebrate a full year of developing a minimalist mentality, and paying off 30 percent of my debt, I decided to celebrate by giving away more.