Lastly, for the third week in a row, my simple advice for writers:
Read a lot.
Write a lot.
Publish a lot.
Let's dive into the third axiom: publish a lot.
I need to clarify and expand on "publish." It should really be publish/submit. If you send a story off to an anthology, a contest, a small or medium press, or one of the big publishing houses--or in any case where you are passing along your story for publishing consideration, then you are moving the story along the path of publication. That is submitting.
If you decide to indie publish, it's a matter of uploading the document and hitting publish--okay, okay, there's a bit more to it than that, but in a nutshell that's all there is to it.
Where is the editing process? The cover art? The formatting? For now, don't worry about it. We're keeping it simple. One can find themselves stuck in the weeds when it comes to writing/publishing advice. Now, I'm not a major bestselling author (so what do I know, right?), but I have been indie publishing since April 2012. If you take into accounts the other aspects of publishing, from writing (and finishing) novels/short stories and sending them off to agents, we're talking a timeline of 1994 when I completed my first novel. I studied query letters and agents, and did that whole ball of wax.
The bottom line is that I kept the stories moving. Not all of them, mind you. There are stories that have sat in the virtual trunk, and even novels that hadn't been looked at for decades. But, by and large, I kept working.