- Jan 27, 2019
In all honesty: then stop. You'll be happier in the long-term.Writing alone is not fun for me.
To publish a book on the side (especially through the traditional publishing) will be a massive grind of self-improvement and failed stories. It'll break you if you won't find any fun in the creation process itself. There is a true core to that "all writers are depressed alcoholics" meme.
Publishing a book is like playing a festival as a band, like selling a video game through a big publisher, like winning a national competition in sports. That's the level you want to reach. You won't be long in a band if you hate playing the guitar. You won't win the gold medal if you hate your daily training.
And most importantly: don't try to get your confirmation through some random people on the internet. That won't work. Write the story you want to write the way you want to write it. Polish it to the utmost, put in all the work, and afterwards people might see something in it.
Honestly, if you want to continue towards traditional publishing, I would recommend short story writing competitions like "writers of the future" to you. Those projects aren't too long so you can finish them in weeks before you throw them away, you have phases in between where you can research and improve your story telling, and you'll get feedback afterwards.
Either way, good luck with it. But I would recommend you to just take your time for a few days and think, whether writing is the right thing for you to do. Or whether your free time isn't better spend on something you have fun with. Then "having fun" makes it easier to reach the level you need to sell something. And with writing, it's still a really long way of pain to go...