I was reading something on a friends's blog the other day that got me thinking...
Whatever you write, make it the best you can make it because your name is going to be on it FOREVER.
This is why we edit and proofread. This is why we spend countless hours and days writing and re-writing, throwing the words out there and then rewording them. This is why we obsess over commas and crutch words. This is why we plot and we plan and we get all neurotic.
I don't understand people who slap something together and put it up on Amazon. Maybe they're using pseudonyms so they don't have to worry about their name being on it. Maybe they have no pride. Maybe they just don't care. :shrug:
FOREVER. It's a long damn time to have something out there in the world that you can't be proud of.
Every story I put out there in the world is something I am proud of. If a hundred years from now, one of my stories is discovered and read, I'm proud to have them do it.
The writers I know and love care. They're proud of their works. They should be.
Keep writing. Keep caring. Keep putting the best stories out there that you possibly can. Be proud of yourselves.