The most common reason writers don’t get published, or don’t self-publish successfully, is because their work is premature.
Many writers, maybe most, aren’t capable of seeing their manuscripts’ shortcomings, which additional effort could eliminate. It’s difficult to analyze literature and then try to apply the observable techniques of the best writers without imitating. If creative writing weren’t challenging, there’d be no value in succeeding. We’d all be good at it.
Some writers are sincere about learning and capable of improving their craft. I’m awed by the bloggers who are teaching the writers who are willing to learn. I’m opinionated, and you should take my opinion for what it’s worth, but if I wanted to become a better creative writer, these are the blogs I’d be reading:
Real Actual Hilary (Hilary Smith)
Self Editing Blog (John Robert Marlow)
The Subversive Copy Editor Blog (Carol Fisher Saller)
Have you found any favorites?