I’m not a fan of that advice. Not at all. I think that all writers should write what they want, and an amateur should not be made to feel bad about their lofty ambitions.
Because that is what makes us unique as writers. The work that we dream up, no matter how big it seems is proof of the stretch of our creativity. I do understand the need for the market, but for starting writers, I wholly disagree.
It is about finding what you enjoy writing, it isn’t always about the genres you are writing. Some do make it a point to try all genres, but most stay within a few. Being a writer is not writing as much, or as different as possible, it is about enjoying writing.
Whenever I see articles suggesting that they start with short stories, I don’t think it is a good idea for all. Some will follow and agree, but for those that do not, I think that it is fine. It is fine to dream big, to begin writing something that few will ever think of. That few will think they could finish.
Because writing is all about writing what you want, not what others think you should write.
Some writers are just willing to do everything they can to make a story work, the story that they began to develop. Rather than dropping it the moment it doesn’t do anything else. I’m one of these writers.
Because I treasure each of my stories, no matter how they may want to make me tear my hair out while writing, or how many times it makes me want to bang my head against the wall.
I just can’t turn my back against some of them unless I’m out of ideas, and having no idea what to do next. Or I put a under redevelopment label on it, and simply let it be when my imagination can go back into the worlds.
Besides, starting small won’t really let you see what you can accomplish. And it will not let you grow, because it’s easy to start small. But going big will help you tremendously in your growth as a writer. It did for me. The one book I finished, was of a huge story that will span many volumes at least.
And it was what made me grow a lot as a writer, teaching me how to foreshadow, develop a complex and real character.